This masterpiece on Passover was what motivated me to set up my site,
. I simply could not believe that people
can be this stupid, a true masterpiece of absolute idiocy.
You just can't pay people enough to write this kind of shit!
Thank you, Yakov!
Highlights of Passover
By Rabbi Yakov Lazaros
Passover begins this year on
Monday evening, March 29, at 7
p.m. and ends on Tuesday
evening, April 6, at approximately
8p.m. While it is impossible in a
brief article to detail all the laws of
Passover, some of the main
aspects can be highlighted.
- Bedikas Chametz:
On Sunday night, March 28, at 8, the
house is searched for any chometz
(leavened food). The head of the
house searches with a lit candle,
wooden spoon and a feather. Any
chometz found is put away to be
burned the following morning.
After the search is concluded, the
following is recited: "All chometz
and leavening that may still be in
my possession which I have not
seen or removed or whose existence
I have no knowledge of.
shall be considered ownerless as
the dust of the earth."
- Eating of Chometz:
No chometz may be eaten from Erev
Pesach, Monday, March 29, at
10:30 a.m. until Tuesday: April 6,
at 8 p.m.
Chometz is defined as any one
of the five types of grain: wheat,
rye, spelt, barley and oats, which
has come into contact with water
for 18 minutes. On Passover.
therefore, we may not eat bread,
rolls, cakes, cookies, candies,
cereals, pastas, etc., We may not
drink any form of whiskey, beer,
vodka, scotch, etc, since they ure
all made from grain. There are
certain companies that manufacture
Kosher for Passover cookies
and cakes made from matzah
meal instead of flour. Naturally,
they must state Kosher for
Passover on the package and be
endorsed by a reliable Rabbinic
organization. The most reliable
sold in the Greater Framingham
area are OKP ind the OUP (they
must also say Kosher for Passover
on the package).
By Rabbinic decree, we do not
eat any grain vegetables on
Passover. Thus, legumes, rice,
beans, peas, peanuts, com, etc.,
are also forbidden on Passover.
Since modern food technology
is so complex, we do not use any
processed or packaged food
unless it is endorsed as Kosher for
Passover by a reliable Rabbinic
organization. All raw fruits and
raw vegetables (except for trains
and those prohibited by Rabbinic
decree) are Kosher for Passover
and require no endorsement.
Grade A frozen orange juice is
also kosher for Passover.
- Selling of Chometz:
On Passover, not only is the eating of
chometz. forbidden, but we are
also forbidden to have any
chometz in our possession. We are
also not pemitted to use the same
dishes, pots and silverware, etc.,
as all year round. Most people,
therefore, have a separate set of
dishes for Pesash. (Certain pots
and silverware can be made
Kosher for PassOver through the
"koshening process" with boiling
water. Consult your Rabbi for
details). Any chometz which we
have not consumed or destroyed
before Monday morning, March
29, must be sold to a non-Jew.
This is accomplished as follows:
By Monday morming, the house
has been cleaned of all chometz.
Any chometz we wish to keep is
then placed in a special closet or
shelf or other designated area
which we will not use during
Passover. The closet or shelf, etc.,
should be kept locked throughout
the entire Passover. We sign a
contract with our Rabbi designating
him as our agent to sell our chometz
to a non-Jew
Even though the chometz is in a locked
closet or shelf in our house, it is
still sold to the non-Jew and
we are not transgressing the prohibition
of having chometz in our
possession on Passover. Our year round
dishes are first thoroughly
cleaned and then put away in the
chometz closet before Passover.
- Burning of Chometz:
On Monday. March 29, at 11:30 a.m.,
we burn whatever chometz
crumbs and particles were found
in the search the night before, The
year round dishes are put away on
this day and this is the last day to
sell your chometz. The declaration
is again recited Monday
before 11:30 a.m.
"All manner of leaven that is in
my possession which I have seen
or have not seen, which I have
removed or have not removed,
shall be mull and disowned as the
dust of the earth."
- The Seder:
On both Monday, March 29, evening and
Tuesday, March 30, we conduct Seders.
Simple instruction can be found
in any English translated Haggadah.
The seders should not begin
before 8 p.m. The main
points of the Seder are:
- A. Eating Matzah.
- B. Drinking four cups of wine.
- C. Eating bitter herbs.
- D. Reciting the Haggadah
- E. Reciting psalms or praise (Hallel).
- After Pesach:
As stated before, we may not eat any
chometz from Monday, March
29, at 20:30 a.m. until Tuesday,
April 6. at 8 p.m. On Tuesday,
April 6, at 8:30 p.m., we may
unlock the chometz closet and
begin cating chometz. However,
we may not purchase chometz
from a Jewish-owned supermarket
unless the owner has sold his,
chometz before Passsover. People
should be especially careful with
bakeries, not to buy bread, rolls,
cake, etc., from a Jewish baker
that was opened during Passover
Such products are forbidden
forever. Not just during Passover.
If any reader has a question
concerning the laws of Passover,
or concerning which medicines
are Kosher for Passover, they
may contact me at 508-877-5313.
Schedule of Passover Services
at Congregational Bais Chabad,
74 Joseph Road in Framingham,
March 29, 7 a.m., Siyum for
First Born, light candles at 6:50
p.m; March 30, 10a.m, Passover
Services, light candles after 8
p.an; March 31, 10 a.m., Passover
Services; April 3, 10 am, Shabbos
Services; April 5, Passover
Services, light candles after 8
p.m.; April 6, 10. a.m., Passover
Services (Yizkor Day)
Rabbi Yakov Lazaros is the
director of Congregation Bais
Chabad in Framingham.