The Jerusalem Council

A Global Association of Orthodox Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua

Pesach 2009 – 5769

A timeline of preparations for Pesach 2009 – 5769 including Birkat HaChamah. All times on this page are for Evergreen, Colorado. Please consult your local times for sunset and adjust accordingly.

 

February 1st or there about, begin to adjust your consumption and purchasing of processed foods. This will minimize the amount of products containing or potentially containing chametz that will need to be consumed or disposed of by Pesach. If you have any questions or concerns about what products to look out for a brief survey and set of definitions are provided at the end of this document.

 

March 8th or there about, begin to clean your home (bedrooms and remote areas away from your kitchen), work spaces, cars, brief cases, purses, etc. removing all chametz. (Chametz is any product that contains or may contain wheat, barley, oats, spelt, or rye that has or may have fermented. The only way to know is for packaged and processed foods to see that it is certified kosher for Pesach.) As it may not be in our possession according to scripture, we will need to remove all food crumbs, beverages etc. that may be in the furniture, under the furniture, etc. Make sure food does not re-enter those rooms by keeping a strict “eat in the kitchen only” policy and keeping a checklist of rooms “cleaned” so you don’t have to re-clean them. This will also require making sure crumbs do not leave the kitchen in clothes, beards, on hands, etc.

 

April 5th -7th kasher the kitchen for Pesach. Prepare to change out your dishes, silverware, pots, pans, etc or kasher the ones you have (note glass, glazed, ceramic, china, dishware, cookware, and utensils cannot be kashered for Pesach). Paper plates, plastic utensils, and disposable aluminum cookware are often used if you do not have Pesach dish and cookware. Don’t forget about kashering the sink, stove, counter tops, microwave, and oven for Pesach. Dishwashers cannot generally be kashered for Pesach. Toasters, toaster ovens cannot be koshered for Pesach. For other appliances consult your local orthodox rabbi.

 

Be sure to have dishtowels, pot holders, oven mitts, a 72+ hour candle, matzah (kosher for Pesach matzah), dishwashing sponges or wipes, etc. set aside for Pesach only use.

 

April 7th – Tuesday

Tuesday evening, about 8:04 pm, do your final search (ritual search) for chametz, do the blessing but do not do nullification of chametz at this time.

 

April 8th – Wednesday

If you are a first born son or the father of a first born son younger than bar Mitzvah you must do the fast of the first born. That is done on this day. It is a short fast, from sunrise to sunset. Fast begins at 5:11am and ends at 7:14pm

 

April 8th – Wednesday (While this is not a Shabbat, it is customary to take most if not all of this day off for preparation for the seder.)

Earliest time for Birkat HaChamah 6:34am

The blessing on the sun should be recited on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2009, after sunrise and before a quarter of the day has elapsed—the earlier the better. If one missed this time, the blessing can be recited until midday.

Ideally, the blessing should be recited outdoors after the morning prayers, amidst a grand gathering of men, women and children—as befits the excitement accompanying the fulfillment of such a rare mitzvah.

Make sure to bring along the kids and have them say the blessing. It’s a memory for a lifetime!

If possible, try to wear a new garment while reciting the blessing.

 

The actual prayer service consists of:

  • Psalm 148:1-6.
  • The blessing: “Blessed are You, Lord our G d, King of the universe, who reenacts the works of creation.”
  • The Shehecheyanu blessing.
  • Psalm 19.
  • Psalm 121.
  • Psalm 150.
  • A brief section from the Talmud (Brachot 59b), the source of the obligation to recite the blessing on the sun.
  • Psalm 67.
  • The Aleinu prayer.
  • Mourners Kaddish (if there is a minyan present).

Before reciting the actual blessing on the sun, stand at attention with feet together and look toward the sun. Do not, however, look at the sun while reciting the blessing.

At the conclusion of the service it is customary for everyone to donate money to charity.

The final time for eating chametz is 10:53am.

Sell or burn all remaining chametz. This should be completed by 11:58am. At that time recite the passage declaring all chametz in our possession to be null and void.

Latest time for Birkat HaChamah 1:02pm

Earliest Minchah 1:35pm Note the order of the Pesach offering will be recited after Minchah but before sunset. Also include Eruv Tavshilin so that food for the weekly Shabbat may be prepared on the festival Shabbat.

Latest Minchah 4:49pm

Light 72 hour candle just before candle lighting, so 2nd Pesach night candles and Shabbat candles may be lit from it.

 

Begin 1st day Festival Sabbath (If possible take both days (Thurs and Fri) off from work, but if you are not given a choice, then take the 1st festival Sabbath day off (Thurs).)

 

Candle lighting is at 7:14pm

BA-RUCH A-TAH ADO-NAI E-LO-HE-NU ME-LECH HA-OLAM ASHER KID-E-SHA-NU BE-MITZ-VO-TAV VETZI-VA-NU LE-HAD-LIK NER SHEL YOM TOV.

Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Yom Tov light.

BA-RUCH A-TAH ADO-NAI E-LO-HE-NU ME-LECH HA-OLAM SHE-HECHE-YA-NU VE-KI-YE-MA-NU VE-HIGI-A-NU LIZ-MAN HA-ZEH.

Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion

Ma’ariv with Full Hallel.

The Seder of the First night follows right after Ma’ariv and must be completed by midnight.

We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/meat. (NO Dairy) This will be eaten during the seder.

 

April 9th – Thursday 1st day Festival Sabbath – Pesach

Shacharit service 8:00am

Do Full Hallel, Torah readings, Haftarah readings.

Mussaf Service (right after Shacharit)

Amidah prayer changes from “wind” and “rain” to “dew.”

Priestly Blessing

Festival Lunch. We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/dairy

Minchah Service in the Afternoon after 1:35pm (latest Minchah is 4:50pm

 

Thursday evening Conclude 1st day Festival Sabbath and Begin 2nd day Festival Sabbath – Pesach (This is because we are in the Diaspora)

Thursday evening (after 3 stars are visible (should be at or after 8:14pm)

Ma’ariv with Hallel, counting of the Omer (day 1)

The Pesach candles are lit (from your 72+ hour candle you may transfer a flame).

Then the Seder of the Second night follows immediately after Ma’ariv. There is no time limit on completion.

We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/meat. (NO Dairy) This will be eaten during the seder.

 

April 10th – Friday 2nd day Festival Shabbat

Shacharit service 8:00am

Do Full Hallel, Torah readings, Haftarah readings

Mussaf Service (right after Shacharit)

Priestly Blessing

Festival Lunch. We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/dairy

Minchah Service in the Afternoon after 1:36pm (latest Minchah 4:50pm)

Friday evening Candle lighting from an existing flame on or before 7:16pm begin regular Shabbat schedule.

Maariv with Hallel, counting of the Omer (day 2)

 

April 11th – Saturday Weekly Shabbat

Shacharit 8:30am

Holiday Mussaf with Shabbat inserts

Festive meal, potluck, vegan/dairy (NO meat)

Earliest Minchah 1:34pm, latest Minchah 4:53pm

Maariv after 6:16pm, counting of the Omer (day 3)

Havdalah about 8:16pm (omit spices and candle flame)

 

April 12th Sunday – April 14th Tuesday

Do not lay Tefillin.

Limit work on intermediate days.

Eat Matzah each day and drink a glass of wine or grape juice in celebration of our deliverance, our redemption.

Count the Omer each day after sunset each day (days 4 – 5)

 

April 14th Tuesday night, erev 7th day of Matzah – a Festival Sabbath – Erev Shevi’i Shel Pesach (If possible take both days (Wed, and Thurs) off from work, but if you are not given a choice, then take the 1st festival Sabbath day off (Wed).)

6:00pm Dinner (We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/dairy.)

Light 48+ hour candle

Candle lighting at 7:20pm

BA-RUCH A-TAH ADO-NAI E-LO-HE-NU ME-LECH HA-OLAM ASHER KID-E-SHA-NU BE-MITZ-VO-TAV VETZI-VA-NU LE-HAD-LIK NER SHEL YOM TOV.

Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Yom Tov light.

Ma’ariv after candle lighting

After Amidah, counting of the Omer (day 6)

It is customary to stay awake all night studying Torah. This is because on this day HaShem split the Sea of Reeds and Yeshua met with His disciples in the upper room. This day is a reminder that our time here on earth is short and we need to be prepared to stand before HaShem and enter into His Promised Land.

 

April 15th Wednesday, 1st Festival Shabbat for 7th day of Matzah

Shacharit 8:30am

Partial Hallel, Torah Reading, Haftarah Reading

Mussaf (right after Shacharit)

Priestly blessing

Festival Lunch. We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/dairy

Minchah Service in the Afternoon after 1:34pm (latest Minchah 4:53pm)

 

Wednesday Evening, close of 1st day of Festival Sabbath for the 7th Day of Matzah. Begin 2nd day of Festival Sabbath for the 7th Day of Matzah (final day of Pesach).

Wednesday evening (after 3 stars are visible – should be at or after 8:20pm)

Light candles for second Sabbath Day of Pesach (8th day of Pesach in Diaspora). Must be lit from a 48+ hour candle.

Ma’ariv after candle lighting

After Amidah count the Omer (day 7)

Festival Dinner. We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/dairy.

 

April 16th Thursday, 2nd Festival Shabbat

Shacharit 8:30am

Partial Hallel, Torah reading, Haftarah reading, Yizkor memorial service (for parents who have passed away).

Mussaf (right after Shacharit)

Priestly blessing

Festival Lunch. We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/dairy.

Minchah Service in the Afternoon after 1:34pm (latest Minchah 4:53pm)

Festival closing feast – Moshiach’s Feast

This feast begins before sunset and concludes after nightfall. We will have a kosher for Pesach pot luck, vegan/meat.

 

Close of Pesach for 5769

Sunday evening (after 3 stars are visible – should be at or after 8:14pm)

Ma’ariv

After the Amidah, count the Omer (8th day)

Havdalah (omit spices and candle).

Put away all Pesach dishes, utensils, towels, etc for next year. Best to put them in a sealed container to avoid contamination from chametz or pests which can make them un-kosher for Pesach.

Chametz may be purchased, made, and consumed after all Pesach dish and cookware have been put away.

Tags: , , , , , ,

4 Responses to “Pesach 2009 – 5769”

  • Alan Sobel says:

    Can you tell me which verses comprise the parsha for the Torah reading on April 11, 2009 (Shabbat). I am getting different readings from different web sites. I am doing the d’var torah for my congregation on that day.

    Many thanks,

    Alan Sobel

  • Ad4e says:

    As for the Unleavened bread part- Does that mean just products with yeast or with all forms of leavening, like baking powered and baking soda?

  • Tribe of Benjamin says:

    counting the omar , should it start from sunday after the shabbat as commandend since Yeshua rose on that day the counting now should start then ?

    • Alan Sobel,
      Do you access to an Artscroll Siddur? The readings are listed there.

      The following link gives you the readings for the appropriate days.
      http://www.chabadva.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/AID/274516

      Ad4e,
      Chametz is all wheat, oats, spelt, barley, and rye that has fermented (come in contact with water longer than 18 minutes).

      ToB,
      Except for the weekly Shabbat, there is not a single holiday in the Torah that is based off a weekly calendar. All holidays are based off the monthly. Yeshua did not rise on Sunday. He rose on Bikkurim – First Fruits, which is after the Festival Sabbath, not the weekly.