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Passover Blessings, Prayers, and Selling Your Chameitz

Pesach Custom of Selling Chameitz

Dear Friends:
I am pleased to give you the opportunity to participate in the lovely Pesach custom of selling chameitz.

As you know, in preparation for Pesach we are to clean our homes of all forbidden foods. Technically, chameitz (“leaven”) is any food made of grain and water that has been allowed to rise. Practically, this includes bread, cake, cookies and so on, and depending upon our level of observance can also include items as diverse as beer and ketchup.

A key problem with pre-Pesach cleaning is what to do with chameitz. Do we really have to throw out that unopened box of Cap'n Crunch or those still sealed Oreos? No! Happily, Jewish law allows us to sell our chameitz temporarily. Even though the chameitz remains under our roof, as long as it is owned by someone who is not Jewish, and is therefore not technically ours, our home is kosher for the holiday.

The procedure is as follows:

1) Fill out the authorization form, below and return it to me. I need to receive it no later than Thursday, April 4. Later that day, I will enter into a contract with someone not Jewish who will purchase our chameitz.

2) Go ahead and clean your house for Pesach. As you come across chameitz that you would like to keep, put it in a special, segregated place, like a cupboard designated for this purpose or a special section of the pantry. Once you have set aside all the chameitz you want to sell, seal it in some fashion, perhaps by putting tape across the cupboard door or by securing a large piece of paper or plastic wrap over the goods stored on a shelf. The seal should remain in place until the evening of Saturday, April 13.

There are many online and print resources to help us in preparing for Pesach, including how-to guides for the proper way to rid our homes of chameitz and lists of permitted and forbidden foods for Pesach. If you have any questions at all, please call me directly. Selling chameitz is a lovely way to enhance our holiday experience, as well as a practical way to keep our homes kosher l’Pesach while not being wasteful.

Best wishes for a chag sameach.


Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg

Authorization to Sell Chameitz

We, the undersigned, do authorize Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg to act as my/our agent to sell my/our chameitz as necessary. I/We understand that any chameitz in my/our house will not be mine/ours for use from the afternoon of Wednesday, April 5 until Thursday, April 13 at 10:00 PM.




The four questions: 

The four questions (Ma Nishtanah): 

The four questions, traditional:

The four questions, Israeli style:

Festival kiddush:


Chad Gadya:

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Ki Lo Naeh:

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Seder Mitzvah Opportunity

Some members of our congregation may not have family or friends with whom they can celebrate Passover. If you would consider hosting one or more persons at your family’s Seder, in person or virtually, or find that you will be alone for Seder, please contact Rabbi Vaisberg. 

Tue, November 28 2023 15 Kislev 5784