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WESTWOOD KEHILLA, 5778, 2018 PASSOVER TIMES

WESTWOOD KEHILLA, 5778, 2018
PASSOVER TIMES

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Thursday, March 29th
6:30 am Shacharit
6:55 pm Mincha / Maariv
Bedikat Chometz – after 7:50 pm

The “Bitul Chometz” formula is said after the Bedikah; this can be said in English.  (The “Bitul” can be found at the beginning of most Haggadas.) 

Friday, March 30th, Erev Shabbat and Yom Tov
   5:29 – Fast of the First Born begins
6:45 am – Shacharit
   7:25 am Siyum by Rabbi Stewart
Bagel Breakfast for Bechorim after the Siyum

 7:00-11:00am – Burning the Chametz

Final Eating of Chometz – 10:30 am

Final Burning of Chometz – 11:44 am 

 Say the “Bitul Chometz” formula after the chametz burning, but prior to 11:44 am.

 March 30th, Shabbat and Yom Tov Day 1
   6:55 pm – Regular Candle lighting
6:55 pm – Mincha
Short Dvar Torah by Rabbi Stewart
7:25 pm Maariv; the prayer “Magen Avot”, usually said on Shabbat night, is not said on this night.

Kiddush & Seder should not start before 7:51 pm

12:57 am – Halachic Midnight (chatzos). The Afikomon should ideally be eaten by this time.

 March 31st, Shabbat and Yom Tov Day 1
   9:00 am Shacharit

Tefillat “Tal” (Prayer for Dew) is said during Mussaf.  During Shacharit we say “Mashiv HaRuach u’Morid HaGeshem” in the Shmona Esrei for the last time. Beginning with Mussaf it is omitted.

One does not prepare on one day of the Chag for the next day.  Seudat Shlishit this Shabbat should be eaten at home.

6:50 pm Mincha
7:10 pm Shiur by Rabbi Stewart

Shabbat Concludes, and Yom Tov Day 2
   7:45 pm Maariv

After 7:58 pm, Candle lighting and Seder preparations.  Tonight’s Kiddush includes the Havdalah for the conclusion of the Shabbat.  Counting of the Omer should begin at the Seder for those who did not count it at Maariv.

Sunday, April 1st, Yom Tov Day 2
   9:00 am Shacharit
7:00 pm Mincha
7:20 pm Shiur
7:40 pm Maariv.  Start saying “Tal U’Matar” in Shmona Esrei, and include “Ya’ale vi”Yavo” during Chol HaMoed.
7:52 pm Havdalah [Just haGafen and haMavdil]

Monday, April 2nd, to Thursday, April 5th, Chol HaMoed
   Shacharit:  6:30 am
Mincha: 7:00 pm (Monday through Wednesday)

Erev Tavshilin is performed  on Thursday before Yom Tov to permit cooking for Shabbat on Friday.

Thursday Afternoon/Evening , April 5th, 7th Day Yom Tov
   5:58 pm Earliest Candle lighting
7:00 pm Regular Candle lighting
7:00 pm Mincha
Short Dvar Torah by Rabbi Stewart
7:45 pm Maariv

No Shehecheyanu blessing is said during Candle lighting or Kiddush on the last days of the holiday.

Friday, April 6th, 7th Day Yom Tov [Erev Sahbbat]
   8:45 am Shacharit
5:59 pm Earliest Candle lighting
7:00 pm Regular Candle lighting
7:00 pm Mincha
7:20 pm Shiur
7:45 pm Maariv

April 7th, Shabbat and 8th Day Yom Tov
   8:45 am Shacharit
9:30am [Shir HaShirim is read]
10:15 am (Approximately) Yizkor

6:45 pm Mincha
7:05 pm Neilat HaChag (Dvar Torah and Singing)
7:50 pm Maariv
7:57 pm Havdala

Please wait until 9 pm to eat the Chometz you have sold via the Rabbi

Davening Times, Sunday- Friday, April 8-13

      Shacharit
            Sunday, 8:15 am
Monday and Thursday, 6:30 am
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 6:45 am

Mincha, 7:05 pm

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Pesach Resources 2018

As Pesach quickly approaches, we will do our best to keep you informed of news and announcements regarding products and other useful information. Please check back here often as things will change and be added as they become available.

Get Smart for the Seder — Rabbi Avi Stewart’s Haggadah shiur with clever insights and stories to share at your Seder table. Audio and video of the classes can be found here.

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The KosherQuest magazine is now available for download here.

For people of Sephardic heritage click here for a reliable Pesach resource.

The Star-K website has a plethora of information about Pesach.

The Orthodox Union has a helpful site as well, including a search for product box.

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Authorization for the Sale of Chometz

AUTHORIZATION FOR THE SALE OF CHOMETZ

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Note: This is a bona fide sale; purchaser has the right to obtain your chometz at all times.

Italics are instructions to the sellerPlease read and follow carefully. 

  1. I hereby authorize Rabbi Avi Stewart, or the agent he appoints, to negotiate the sale of all chometz in my possession specifically, but not exclusively, what is located in the following rooms and closets:

List here, as detailed as possible, the places where the chometz for sale will be (e.g. taped kitchen cabinets…).  There is no need to write an address if it’s the same as the address on the bottom of the form.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

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  1. I further authorize Rabbi Avi Stewart to rent or sublease to the purchaser of this chometz the rooms or parts of the rooms in which the chometz is to be found.
  2. Any chometz not in my possession but to which I have legal ownership or responsibility, in whole or part, or which may arrive during Pesach, is also included in this authorization.

Chometz in my possession (Check all that apply):

__ Beer/Whiskey     __ Breads/Pastas     __Cereals/Oatmeal      __Cakes/Cookies     __ Cosmetics or Vitamins w/Chametz

The estimated total value of the chometz to be sold is $___________, including (list only substantial items.) The sale of Chametz is a valid business transaction that causes ownership of your chametz to go under the ownership of a non-Jew. As such incorrect amounts can result in an invalid transaction.

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  1. The purchaser has free access to the chometz upon request.
  2. I also authorize Rabbi Stewart to rent or sell the following properties: (This is only for those who will not be at home at all during Pesach and are renting out their apartments to avoid “bedikah”. It is recommended to leave one room that will not be sold and perform Bedikat Chometz in that room the night before you leave)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

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  1. Rabbi Stewart may choose any legal instrument in accord with the Halacha for negotiating the above mentioned transaction.
  2. If not at home for Pesach, how can purchaser gain access to the premises (i.e. which neighbor has a key or phone # of seller)?

_____________________________________________________________________________________

  1. Will you be in a different time zone on Erev(Eve of) Pesach or the last day of Pesach? If yes, fill in the next line.

Erev Pesach Location________________________ Last-Day Pesach Location_____________________

NAME (print) ______________________________________________   PHONE ______________________

 

ADDRESS _______________________________________________EMAIL________________________________

 

CITY_______________________________________________________________________________________

 

SIGNED _____________________________________________ DATE: _____________________

 

It is preferable to bring this completed and signed to the Rabbi in person to validate the authorization with a “kinyan suddar (a direct action of transfer of ownership)   If this is too difficult, you may send the signed form via to avistewart@gmail.com.  Please call Rabbi Stewart  at (424) 256-5134 to confirm receipt. The Rabbi must have the form no later than Thursday Afternoon, March 29th , 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

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Get Smart for the Seder with Rabbi Avi Stewart

Get Smart for the Seder!

If you missed Rabbi Stewart’s Haggadah shiur, you can still catch it below:

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Get Smart for the Seder – Part 3 – The 4 Cups of Wine

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Haggadah Workshop

Prepare to engage everyone at your Seder.

Become a Master Seder Leader!

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Get Smart for the Seder – Audio of First Class

The first class of a three-part series on Getting Smart for the Seder. Join us on Wednesday nights at 8:00 for the continuation of the series.

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Pesach Resources

As Pesach quickly approaches, we will do our best to keep you informed of news and announcements regarding products and other useful information.

Please check back here often as things will change and be added as they become available.

The Star-K website has a plethora of information about Pesach.

The Orthodox Union has a helpful site as well, including a search for product box.

Kosherquest has a wonderful site as well. You can download Rabbi Eidlitz’s book here.

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