MECHIRAT CHAMETZ – SELLING OF THE CHAMETZ BEFORE PESACH
To sell your Chametz before Pesach, please use our online form. Click Here.
When selling your chametz, the custom of providing donations for the purchase of Passover foods for the poor can be fulfilled by making a donation.
March 28 - April 3, 2020
2 Nissan, 5780
FRIDAY, March 27th
6:21 PM Candle-lighting (Earliest )
7:21 PM Candle-lighting (Latest)
SATURDAY, March 28th
Here are some key davening times for this Shabbat:
Shema should be said before 10:14 am
Shacharit Amida should be said before 11:17 am
Minchah should be said before 7:40 pm
Maariv can be said after 8:13 pm
Instructions for davening at home this Shabbos Click here
8:32 PM Shabbat Ends/Havdallah
Dear Village Shul Community,
This Pesach will be fundamentally different than ever before, and we will be relying on leniencies that we wouldn’t usually employ, but a Sha'as Sakana (time of danger) calls for unique measures.
Mechirat Chametz (Selling of Chametz) - All Rabbis will be relying on a leniency this year, to allow online or over-the-phone appointing of each person's Rabbi as Shaliach (representative), to sell the Chametz to a Gentile. Click Here! for Mechirat Chametz form.
If you would like to make a donation for selling your Chametz, please
Maos Chittin - When selling your Chametz, the custom of providing donations for the purchase of Passover foods for the poor can be fulfilled by making a donation, please Click Here!
Tevilat Kelim (Dunking of Vessels in a Mikve) - Many are now making Pesach for the first year and will be buying new pots, pans, and peelers etc. The Kelim Mikvas will not be available for use. For these items, have in mind at the time of purchase, that you are not yet taking ownership of them, and this will exempt them from Tevila until the emergency passes. We are in an emergency situation, therefore the Halachic Advisement, after purchase, is to "make ownerless" the new pots, pans, and peelers etc., in front of three witnesses, so that you are not the owner, and also have in mind not to acquire ownership of them yet, while using them. In order to minimize contact, these three people should be connected by conference call only, not in person. They may not be relatives, either to each other or to you.
After the situation mitigates and life returns to normal, at that point take ownership of the vessels and Tovel them (dunk in Mikve). Make sure right after Pesach to mark with tape or elastic band any items which were not yet Toveled, due to using this emergency method.
Minimize what would under normal circumstances be a beautiful Yom Tov (Festival) table, by not buying dishes and cutlery that require Tevila. This Halachic allowance of not taking ownership should be reserved for pots and pans and peelers etc., where there is no choice. Otherwise, if you don't already own Pesach dishes and cutlery, use disposables instead. Hashem will certainly look at your Yom Tov table as being beautiful in its own way, as you help ensure your health and that of others.
Biur Chametz (Removal of Chametz) - There will be no public burning this year. Do not make fires in your backyard. Declare any garbage in your cans Hefker (ownerless), and the token ten pieces you collected from Bedikat Chometz (Checking for Chametz), flush down the toilet as Biur Chametz on Erev Pesach (the morning before Pesach). If you have a barbecue grill, you may burn the ten pieces there. Do not invite neighbours to give you their Chametz to burn on your grill, and if you do not have a grill, do not go to a neighbour.
Ta'anit Bechorim (Fast of the Firstborn) - Reb Zale Newman will be making a Siyum (Completion of a Religious Text) exclusively via phone or Zoom. Make sure to have something extra special to eat afterwards, to celebrate the Siyum, rather than whatever your standard breakfast would be. If you miss any of the Siyumim, DO NOT FAST this year. It is a Sakana (danger) for anyone not to be at their full strength.
Yom Tov Preparations - Although we always endeavour to come into Yom Tov with new clothes and haircuts, this year our best Yom Tov preparation will be to avoid any contact with others. Hopefully, you will be able to buy new clothes for Shavuot instead. Rather than sitting for a haircut now, please be aware that if the situation improves by April 24, there will be a combination of Erev Shabbat/Rosh Chodesh Iyar, thereby permitting haircuts on that day even though it is during the Sefira (Counting of the Omer).
Those who may not have family or friends to run errands for them, should not venture out. Instead, please contact Abi Samole at email@example.com
Pesach kosher v'sameych!