The Festival of FreedomPESACH
Celebrating freedom, as a community and as an individual
Sell My Chometz
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.
There is no charge for this service. If you are in the position to give a donation so we can continue to support the community, it would be greatly appreciated.
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.