Congregation Shaarey Zedek Men’s Club invites you to share in three special mitzvot as you prepare for Passover
Three special mitzvot are traditionally part of our Passover preparation. The Men’s Club of Congregation Shaarey Zedek wishes to extend the opportunity for you to share in these mitzvot, enhance your own Passover and help the needy in our community. Click the link at the bottom of this page to download and print your own copies of the information below, the Me’ot Chetim form, and the contract for the Sale of Chametz.
Bedikat Chametz: On the night before the first seder, after dark, Thursday, April 2, 2015, we gather with our families to search the house for any remaining chametz. This search, called Bedikat Chametz, is a powerful ritual which symbolizes not only cleansing our homes of leaven, but cleansing our souls of sin, temptation and hubris. Bedikat Chametz kits are available for pick-up at the Synagogue office. While incumbent upon everyone, this custom is especially meaningful for grandparents, parents and children to perform together.
Mekhirat Chametz: Often ridding our homes of all chametz products would entail a significant financial loss. For this reason, tradition permits Jews to “sell” their chametz food and all related dishes to a non-Jew for the duration of Passover. After Passover, ownership reverts to the Jewish seller. The “sold” items remain behind closed, taped cabinet doors in your home during the holiday, out of sight and out of reach. We have enclosed a legal form which you may use to authorize Assistant Cantor Leonard Gutman to sell your chametz on your behalf. Please fill out the form and mail it to the address provided.
Me’ot Chetim: The term Me’ot Chetim is Hebrew for “wheat money.” It refers to the collection of funds to ensure that the needy are able to properly celebrate Passover. Traditionally, Jews make a contribution to Me’ot Chetim at the time they authorize the sale of their chametz. There are many needy families in our community who depend upon these funds in order to celebrate Passover. This year the Men’s Club has set a goal of raising funds to feed 500 families. Yad Ezra has determined that to feed a family of two persons for the eight days of Passover costs approximately $36. We hope you will help us meet our goal.
The sale of chametz form and your check must be received no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
CSZ Men’s Club, Rabbi Aaron L. Starr,
Hazzan David Propis & Assistant Cantor Leonard Gutman
Click here to download and print the forms:
3 mitzvot of passover letter 2015