B'dikat Hametz: The Search for Leaven Foods
After the house has been cleaned, which should be before Passover, on Sunday night, April 9, we search again for any crumbs of hametz (leavened foods) we missed. We use a lighted candle, a feather, and a wooden spoon. This tradition symbolizes that all hametz which we could see was removed.
Bi'ur Hametz: The Burning of Leaven Foods
This year we will offer a fire to burn your hametz prior to Passover along with other Temple Israel and Sharon friends. After our siyyum on April 10, following morning minyan, a communal medurah (bonfire) will be lit in our loading dock area. The fire will also include the burning of the lulavim from last Sukkot. It will be available until approximately 10:00am for anyone to use. Bring the kids for a memorable Passover moment – come one and all!
Whether joining us or at home, Bitul Hametz is recited to renounce the possession of hametz:
All hametz or leaven in my possession that I have not seen, and have not destroyed, shall be nullified and become ownerless, like the dust of the earth.
One must not have any leaven (hametz) in his or her legal possession during Pesach. Because of the complexities of our modern economy, disposing of all the hametz would be costly and may be impossible. A ceremony was developed to affect the sale of all hametz to someone who is not Jewish, and thus it was not in the possession of a Jew during Pesach. After the holiday, the hametz was brought back. This symbolic sale was carried out when the family authorized a rabbi to see its hametz. A document of permission, called a shtar harsha-ah, authorizes a rabbi to engage in this transaction. This rabbi then sells the community's hametz by writing a document of sale, or shtar m’khira.
This year, your hametz will revert to your possession at 8:30pm on 22 Nisan 5777 corresponding to Tuesday evening April 18, 2017.
In order to make your home kosher l'Pesach (for Passover), complete and return the shtar harsha-ah below* to Rabbi Ron Fish as soon as possible. It is customary to give tzedakah with the submission of your document; donations will be used for those in our community who need help to be able to celebrate Pesach. *The deadline to submit your form and have Rabbi Fish sell your hametz is noon on April 7. The form will only be available online until that time.
Calling All Learners
Please let Rabbi Fish know if you are interested in learning portions of the Mishna of Masechet Psachim in preparation for our communal siyyum on April 10. Learners need not be experienced in Mishnah study but should be eager to study alone and together in preparation for Passover.
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Join us Tuesday, May 30 as we go through the night with services and a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, starting at 8:00 pm! e evening will feature a learning sessions through the night:
- 8:00 pm: Rabbi Fish introduces “The festival of freedom vs. the festival of independence: Why Shavuot is the first Zionist holiday”
- 8:20 pm: Yom Tov Maariv
- 8:45-9:15 pm: Light dinner
- 9:30-10:15: Rabbi David Starr: “Tzion and American Jews: are we still Am Echad?”
- 10:15 pm: Dessert
- 10:45 pm: Sessions begin (each session is 30 minutes with 10 min breaks)
- 10:45-11:15 pm: Maureen Mintz and Eldad Ganin: “Yerushalayim in the Sources”
- 11:25-11:55 pm: Mark Levitt: “In the Army now: an American in Tzahal”
- 12:05-12:35 am: Jeffrey Borkan and Suzanne Jacobs: “Living the kibbutz life"
- 12:45-1:15 am: Rabbi Rachel Silverman
- 1:30- 2:00 am: Kenny Sperber
- 2:30-3:00 am: Ariel Serkin
There are also two alternative sessions especially for our teens, led by Ariel Holman: 9:30-10:15 pm: “Teens Torah Talk” and 11:00 pm-12:00 am: “Cheesecake making workshop” (all ages welcome).
For those of you who will just be too hyped up from all that learning (and maybe from the coffee and sugar highs too) to go to sleep, join us for a 4:00 am Hashkama (dawn) Shacharit Musaf service on Wednesday, May 31 (that’s shortly after the tikkun ends). Please let Rabbi Fish know if you’re interested in joining this service.
Full Shavuot Schedule
Tuesday, May 30
- 7:45 pm Candle lighting
- 8:00 pm Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, Ma’ariv, sessions all night
Wednesday, May 31
- 4:00 am Hashkama (dawn) service
- 9:00 am Shavuot Service (led by Cantor Steven Dress and Rabbi David Starr)
- 8:00 pm Mincha/Ma’ariv
(Candle lighting from a pre-existing flame after 8:58 pm.)
Thursday, June 1
- 6:30 am Early Shavuot Service (includes Yizkor)
- 9:00 am Shavuot Service (includes Yizkor at approximately 11:00 am)
- 8:00 pm Mincha/Ma’ariv 8:58 pm Yom Tov ends