From the Desk - Passover that Falls on Shabbat
We are so excited for Passover! It’s such a wonderful holiday on which we renew our bond to our Jewish heritage and mission and transmit it to the next generation. There is a lot going on in Beth Ora over Passover. Below you can find a list of important times and things to remember for the festival. This year, the first day of Passover is Shabbat. In the What’s the Deal section below, we discuss a little of the meaning of the combination of these two special days. My family and I are particularly excited to be leading the MADA seder here at Beth Ora on the second night.
Remember to make a donation (if you wish, through Beth Ora) to ensure everyone is able to enjoy Passover. Remember to give me power of attorney to sell your chametz for you by filling out a chametz sale form which is attached to the newsletter and available from the office. This must be done prior to Friday at 10:00 AM.
Thursday March 29th
On Thursday night, we do a final search for our chametz. You can find more details here.
Friday March 30th
Male firstborns are required to fast this Friday to commemorate the fact that the Hebrews did not die during the death of the firstborns. However, the custom is to have a celebration on the completion of a Talmudic tractate. Those who attend are permitted to eat on Friday. Come to synagogue at 7:15 AM and join Heshy Benshimon and the Daf Yomi group who will be celebrating their completion of a tractate. Refreshments will be served.
No chametz may be eaten on Friday after 10:24 AM.
All chametz must be destroyed, taken off your property or sold by 11:40 AM. If you wish to burn your chametz at the synagogue, you can bring it here between 10:00 and 11:30 AM. After getting rid of all your chametz, you make a declaration which can be found at the bottom of this page.
Monday April 2nd
If you have a child or grandchild between the age of two and 10, join us for our Passover family outing to Skytag. We will meet at the synagogue at 9:30 AM and then make our own way to Skytag. We expect to be back by 12:30 PM.
Saturday April 7th
End Passover on a high by coming together for the time-honoured Beth Ora Custom of Goodbye Passover! We look forward to contributions by children of Beth Ora and to enjoying some of the wonderful Passover songs. Join us at 7:00 PM in the Hurwitz Lounge.
We wish you all a joyous Passover. May we all merit to connect to the Jewish spirit and carry it through to the next generation so that our love of Judaism will never be extinguished.
Shabbat Shalom and wishing you a Happy and Kosher Passover,
Rabbi Anthony and Carly Knopf
Dovid, Rachelli, Yehuda and Avrami
What’s the Deal with… Passover that Falls on Shabbat?
There are three ideas at the core of Judaism:
G-d is the creator of the world.
G-d has communicated with us to let us know how He wants us to live
When we listen to G-d’s calling and teachings, we join with Him in elevating the world that He created.
All these themes are encapsulated and expressed in the holiest day of the week – Shabbat.
The festival of Passover emphasizes the third of these ideas. Passover is the festival of redemption. It is the holiday on which we remember that, to be a Jew, is to be part of the journey of Jewish history – beginning with the exodus from Egypt and culminating in the redemption of the whole world. By connecting to our Jewish past and transmitting it to the younger generations who are our Jewish future, we participate in that historical process.
The first and last days of Passover this year are both Shabbat and so this idea is doubly palpable in our experience of these days.