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Passover 2020

Update 2

Dear Netivot Family:

I hope everyone is well and doing the best they can under these challenging circumstances. We continue to pray for all those who are ill and wish them a speedy and full refuah sheleimah. Please especially have in mind our dear friend and member, Alan Schwartz,  חיים מרדכי בן רחל in your prayers.

The zoom shiur on Themes of the Exodus will take place on Wed night, March 25 at 8:30 PM. The zoom id is: 680-120-6320

Pesah Update #2

1. For safety reasons and to help slow the spread of the covid-19 virus everyone is, of course, urged to follow all the guidelines of the public health officials and refraining from social contact with people outside of one's own home to the fullest extent possible. To that end, this year, sadly, there should be no invitations of other families or friends to one's home for Pesah and Yom Tov. This is to ensure everyone's well being and health down the line. Given that some people may find themselves alone for the seder I am once again including the material about running a seder on your own:

Guide to Leading a Seder

Below is a compilation of resources to help you prepare for your seder:
-The IRF Guide to a Concise Seder  
A Different Pesach: Ideas for Solo and Small Sedarim
-T he Minimalist's Guide to Passover and Seder by Rabbanit Leah Sarna 
- Sefaria is offering the following resources:
The Seder on Sefaria is a group that is still in development and contains links to the printable text of the Haggadah, customizable digital sheets that can be used to make your own Haggadah, seder resources and activities for the whole family. Our tutorial page for educators is here if people need help working with the materials.
As always, our searchable database contains hundreds of prepared dapei mekorot about numerous Passover related topics.

2.  Loneliness and Mental Health

Dr. Michelle Friedman, Director of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, has written a piece on COVID-19 and the Challenge of Spending Pesach Alone . If you have any mental health concerns for yourself or a loved one please contact your mental health provider. For specific halakhic guidance for those who will be alone on Pesah and concerns about mental health, please contact the rabbi privately for direction and halakhic suggestions.

3. New Utensils

If you need to use new utensils for cooking this Pesah as you do not have a full set of Pesah utensils, please consider kashering basic pots and pans as outlined in documents sent out in the first Pesah update. If you need to fill in with other utensils, please try to use single use aluminum pans and the like that do not require any tevillah in a mikvah.

If one bought new utensils and absolutely needs to use them for Pesah- please follow the following guidelines:

Ordinarily, certain types of new kitchen utensils require immersion in the mikvah before you can use them. A utensil must be immersed if it is a. made of metal or glass, and b. comes in direct contact with food, and c. if water won’t damage the vessel. Vessels made of plastic, rubber, or wood do not require immersion.

If you purchased new utensils this year and are unable to safely use a mikvah to immerse them and have no other way to cook food (such as using single use aluminum foil pans or the like) then you may still use them, relying on the following leniences for extreme circumstances:
a)  Formally selling them to a non-Jewish friend and borrowing them from that person until you are able to buy them back and dip them in a mikvah
b) If that is not an option relying on the view of the Rogochover Gaon, R. Yosef Rozen (Tzofnat Paneah-Hilkhot Maakhalot Assurot Ch. 17) who maintained that mass produced utensils were not included in the obligation of tevilat keilim and immerse them when the mikvah is safe to use again.

There maybe other leniencies that may be available which will be forthcoming in a future update.

4. Mekhirat Hametz

Here is Here is this year’s power of attorney form authorizing me to sell your hametz. In normal years I have advised individuals and families to try and consume all hametz gamur-real hametz such as bread, cookies and pasta before Pesah and not include it in the sale. This year, given the challenging and changing circumstances, I am advising everyone to include whatever real hametz they have in the sale and hold on to it over Pesah to have access to it until right before Pesah and right after Pesah concludes. This is what I too am planning to do. 
 
Please complete the on line form: and scan or take a picture of it and email it to me back no later than Sunday, April 5th at 12:00 Noon. There will be no in person mekhirat hametz in my home or the shul this year.
 
It is traditional to donate funds to maot hitimor other tzedakah at the time of selling one’s hametz. The easiest way to do it is online via the shul form: 
                   https://www.netivotshalomnj.org/rabbi-discretionary-fund.html
 
 5. Times for Erev Pesah

The last time for eating Hametz on Erev Pesah, Wednesday, April 8th is 
10:48 AM and the last time to own Hametz is 11:53 AM. You can dispose of any Hametz that you want to count for biur hametz (destruction of the hametz) by flushing down the toilet before 11:53 am or disposing it in your trash bags that you put outside for collection before 11:53 am. As we get closer to Pesah we will send the more detailed announcements with times for yom tov. We will hold an on-line siyum bekhorot on Erev Pesah at 8:30 AM- Details to follow.


With Torah blessings,

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot

Update 1

Dear Netivot Family:

 

I hope this note finds you and your families well under these difficult circumstances for the entire world. We continue to pray for those who are ill and wish them a speedy recovery. I have been heartened and strengthened by the countless acts of hesed large and small that people in the community have done and are doing for each other and those who have specific challenges. I have also been so grateful to share with you moments of connection during the zoom kabbalat shabbat, Havdalah, shiurim and some fun get togethers. Please continue to meticulously practice the guidelines of social distancing and staying at home except for those instances permitted by NJ law and the health directives of our local officials.

 

Pesah Update #1

 

  1. Attached here is this year’s power of attorney form authorizing me to sell your hametz. In normal years I have advised individuals and families to try and consume all hametz gamur-real hametz such as bread, cookies and pasta before Pesah and not include it in the sale. This year, given the challenging and changing circumstances, I am advising everyone to include whatever real hametz they have in the sale and hold on to it over Pesah to have access to it until right before Pesah and right after Pesah concludes. This is what I too am planning to do.

 

Please complete the on line form: and scan or take a picture of it and email it to me back no later than Sunday, April 5that 12:00 Noon. There will be no in person mekhirat hametz in my home or the shul this year.

 

It is traditional to donate funds to maot hitimor other tzedakah at the time of selling

one’s hametz. The easiest way to do it is online via the shul form:

https://www.netivotshalomnj.org/rabbi-discretionary-fund.html

 

  1. The last time for eating Hametz on Erev Pesah, Wednesday, April 8this 10:48 AM and the last time to own Hametz is 11:53 AM. You can dispose of any Hametz that you want to count for biur hametz (destruction of the hametz) by flushing down the toilet before 11:53 am or disposing it in your trash bags that you put outside for collection before 11:53 am. As we get closer to Pesah we will send the more detailed announcements with times for yom tov. We will hold an on-line siyum bekhorot on Erev Pesah morning at 8:00 AM with details forthcoming.
     
  2. Below are some basic guidelines for using and purchasing food for Pesah this year given some of the unique circumstances that we find ourselves in:

 

  1. All raw meats, poultry, fish that one purchased even before the stores “turned over” for Pesah but were in the freezer can be used without question for Pesah. Please just wash it off with cold weather before use in Pesah cooking.
  2. OU Kashrutand the CRC maintain a comprehensive listof products that do and do not require special Passover certification, and as does Rabbi Eidlitz here. The other kashrut agencies also have list that are easily accessible on line.
  3. As I ruled two years ago, vegetables like green beans, snap peas, string beans, Italian beans etc. are notconsidered kitniyot and may be used without a problem on Pesah.
  4. Coffeethat is unflavored and caffeinated may be purchased before Pesachwithout any Kosher for Passover certification.
  5. Black or Green Tea that is unflavored and caffeinated may be purchased before Pesachwithout any Kosher for Passover certification. It is not recommended to purchase brewed coffee or tea from a coffee shop on Hol HaMo’ed, even though this can be done at other times of the year.
  6. Decaffeinated Coffee orTeaand Flavored Coffeeor Teashould only be purchased with Kosher for Passover certification.
  7. Quinoais permissible on Passover even for Ashkenazim who refrain from eating kitniot(legumes and items similar to hametz). Quinoa should be purchased with special Kosher for Passover certification or if it is impossible to get that, it should be purchased before Passover and checked carefully to ensure no kernels of wheat have crept in.
  8. Milkcan be purchased before Passover begins or if purchased on Hol Hamoed should have Kosher for Passover certification.
  9. Eggsmay be purchased on Hol Ha-Mo’ed even without Kosher for Passover certification.
  10. Canola Oil may be used on Passover even without Kosher for Passover certification if it was purchased before Pesach.
  11. Extra Virgin Olive Oilmay be used on Pesachwithout Kosher for Passover certification (or any Kosher certification) if it was purchased before Pesach.
  12. Pure Orange or Apple Juice purchased before Pesah may be used even without a kosher lePesah certification if one is not able to obtain those things with Kosher for Pesah certification.
  13. Nuts (From Rabbi Eidlitz): All raw, whole or chopped almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, without BHA, BHT or other additives, or preservatives are approved for Pesach use. However, if the label states that it is processed in a plant that processes Kitniyos or Chometz, then it requires a reliable Kosher For Pesach certification. Whole pecans and half pecans do NOT require Kosher for Pesach certification. However, pecan pieces and midget pecans must bear a Kosher for Pesach symbol. All dry roasted nuts and ground nuts require reliable KFP certification.

 

  1. Here is a link to a basic outline of how to kasher one’s home and make Pesah for families or individuals who have never done so before prepared by my former student and current colleague, Rabbi David Wolkenfeld from Chicago’s ABSI kehillah:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/188NcDqRa69qxvGmZwuSrwfh4yIR58McKuI9EggIgAAM/edit

 

 

  1. I hope to hold a zoom question and answer session on Pesah questions on Sunday evening, March 29th. Details to follow. I also hope we can have a communal sharing of ideas and divrei Torah for the seder on Wed evening, April 1. Details to follow (H/T to Dr. Mark Druck for the suggestion).

 

 

 

 


 

 

Power of Attorney for Sale of Chametz

Access form here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11iC-X73bMXYxkRwx0QDGnXjBgIFwp0p2/view?usp=sharing

After completing form, send to Rabbi Helfgot.

Tue, March 31 2020 6 Nisan 5780