The Festival of FreedomPESACH
This Year is Different.
Since it is prohibited to possess chametz on Pesach, any chametz left undisposed must be sold to a non-Jew. [Any chametz remaining in the possession of a Jew during Pesach may not be used, eaten, bought or sold – even after Pesach.]
Therefore, all chametz that will not be eaten or burned before Pesach and all chametz utensils that will not be thoroughly cleaned by then should be stored away.
The storage area should be locked or taped shut to be leased to the non-Jew at the time of the chametz sale.
Since there are many legal intricacies in this sale, only a competent rabbi should be entrusted with its execution. The rabbi acts as our agent both to sell the chametz to the non-Jew on the morning before Pesach starts and also to buy it back the evening after Pesach ends.
SEDER IN A BOX & SHMURAH MATZAH
Another Pesach in lockdown with a very different type of Pesach we are used to!
Chabad is offering a Seder Box so you can have all the necessities for your Seder at home with your family.
It may be very different without extended family, friends and the usual crowd, but there will be something special about your Seder in its own unique way.
You can customise the Seder in a box to include:
- Seder Plate and all the Seder plate items
- Shmurah Matzah
- Wine or grape juice
- Seder Booklet Guide
- Kiddush Cup
You can also select ONLY Shmurah Matzah if you would have the Seder sorted but would like to have hand baked Matzah at your Seder!
Please specify on the link below to customise your box and if you have any questions just be in touch!
Please note: Deliveries for those in isolation can only be guaranteed in Elstree & Borehamwood
ORDER BY THURSDAY 18 March 2021
Seder in a Box is now sold out. If you need anything for the Seder, please email Chabad@jewishlifecentre.org, and we will do our best to assist.
Why Shmurah Matzah?
Shmurah means “watched,” and it is an apt description of this matzah, the ingredients of which (the flour and water) are watched from the moment of harvesting and drawing, to the moment they are mixed together to bake Matzah (read further below), making this the finest Matzah, and best to use at the Seder.
It is also special, because it was hand-made by an expert team of matza bakers who, before every stage of the process, intoned “l’sheim matzot mitzva – this is being done to help Jews fulfill the G‑dly Commandment of eating Matza at the Seder”.
(In Kabbalistic thought hand baked Shmura Matza, eaten at the Seder, is said to bring health, healing and faith.)
It is therefore important to have Shmurah Matzah at the two Seder nights, fulfilling this special Mitzvah in the most beautiful way possible.