WHEN IS PASSOVER ?
2018, March 30-April 06
Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family. Click for more Passover resources.
It is a longstanding tradition that Jews rid themselves of chametz, or leavened products for the Passover holiday. Some take this custom so seriously as to "sell" their bread and leavened products to a non-Jew, who is not affected by the law from the Torah. Our Senior Rabbi, Jamie Gibson, will "sell" the chametz of anyone who wishes him to do so, usually to one of our non-Jewish staff members here at Temple Sinai. After the holiday he "buys" it all back on behalf of everyone who has participated in this custom, legal fiction though it is.