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Pesach 2011 – 5771

A timeline of preparations for Pesach 2011 – 5771. All times are for a congregation in Evergreen, Colorado. Meal notes are for the congregation. Please consult your local times for sunset and adjust accordingly.

February 20th 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 18th 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 14th, 15th, and 17th kosher 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 17th – Sunday

Sunday evening, about 8:15 pm, do your final search (ritual search) for chametz, do the blessing but do not do nullification of chametz at this time.

April 18th – Monday

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 4:53am and ends at 7:42pm

April 18th – Monday (While this is not a Shabbat, it is customary to take most if not all of this day off for preparation for the seder.)

The final time for eating chametz is 10:46am.

Sell or burn all remaining chametz. This should be completed by 11:53am. At that time recite the passage declaring all chametz in our possession to be null and void.

Earliest Minchah 1:33pm Note the order of the Pesach offering will be recited after Minchah but before sunset. Also include Eruv Tavshilin so that food may be prepared on the festival Shabbat.

Latest Minchah 4:54pm

Light 48 hour candle just before candle lighting, so 2nd Pesach night candles may be lit from it.

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

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 19th – Tuesday 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 1:34pm (latest Minchah is 4:55pm

Tuesday evening Conclude 1st day Festival Sabbath and Begin 2nd day Festival Sabbath – Pesach

(This is because we are in the Diaspora)

Tuesday evening (after 3 stars are visible (should be at or after 8:25pm)

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

The Pesach candles are lit (from your 48+ 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 20th – Wednesday 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 1:33pm (latest Minchah 4:55pm)

Wednesday evening (after 3 stars are visible (should be at or after 8:26pm)

Havdalah (omit spices and candle).

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

April 21st Thursday– April 24th Sunday.

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 3 – 5)

April 24th Sunday night, erev 7th day of Matzah – a Festival Sabbath – Erev Shevi’i Shel Pesach. (If possible take both days (Mon, and Tues) off from work, but if you are not given a choice, then take the 1st festival Sabbath day off (Mon).)

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

Light 48+ hour candle

Candle lighting at 7:30pm

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 25th Monday, 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 1:33pm (latest Minchah 4:58pm)

Monday 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).

Monday evening (after 3 stars are visible – should be at or after 8:31pm)

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 26th Tuesday, 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 1:33pm (latest Minchah 4:58pm)

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 5771

Tuesday evening (after 3 stars are visible – should be at or after 8:32pm)

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.

What is Chametz?

Rabbi Yoseph Moshe ben Gershon

Roots of the Messiah

www.rootsofthemessiah.com

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3 Responses to “Pesach 2011 – 5771”

  • sylvia lutz says:

    a very good overview, actually. Kol tov

  • KTerrones says:

    Beloved, Shalom ~

    One questions: I am a very poor woman who bakes to try to conserve funds. Baking yeast, is expensive. Must I really toss out my new jar of yeast? Is baking soda and baking powder, also to go?

    May HaShem grant Wisdom,
    Karen

    • No, you don’t throw away anything as this is destructive of G-d’s blessing. Next, you don’t need to remove yeast, because chametz is not yeast. Chametz is fermented grain, wheat, oats, spelt, barley, and rye which has come into contact with water. If your baking soda contains these ingredients, then all you have to do is simply pack it up in a sealed box and put it out of sight. Then you can sell it to a gentile through authorizing your rabbi to do so before Pesach begins that it is not legally yours. Your rabbi then takes care of the detail to then buy it back for your use after Pesach. We aren’t to throw away food.