Pesah, Passover, occurring on the 15th of Nisan, was known in biblical times as Hag Ha-Aviv and Hag Ha-Matzot, the Festival of Spring and the Festival of Matzah. This festival of the early spring wheat harvest soon came to be celebrated as the historical occasion of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The rabbis called it the Season of Our Freedom, Z’man Heiruteinu. During this seven-day festival, we rid our homes of all hametz, leavened foods and products containing the grains barley, rye, oat, wheat, and spelt. We eat instead matzah, special holiday unleavened bread, because the Torah tells that the Israelites had to leave Egypt in haste and did not have time to let the bread they were making rise.
In addition to synagogue services on the first and last days of the festival, the primary celebration takes place in the home. Families gather for a Seder, a ritual meal at which we tell the story of the Exodus from the Haggadah, the ancient text retelling the story and prompting discussions about the meaning of freedom.
Selling Your Hametz If you would like to sell your remaining hametz for the duration of the holiday as a way of ridding your home of hametz, you may sell it through Dorshei Emet. To download our agreement to have Rabbi Boris Dolin sell your hametz, see below.
Community Seders If you have place at your Seder table or are in need of a place to celebrate with others, please contact the office (514) 486-9400. In addition, MADA every year hosts community Seders at various locations throughout the city. For more information, please call (514) 342-4969 or email email@example.com.
Passover Services at Dorshei Emet We hold services for the first and last day of the holiday, which includes Torah reading as well as the festive Hallel section of prayers and songs. On the last day of Passover, people who have lost a loved one may recite Yizkor during the Yizkor section of the service. We often have a guest speaker for the last day of Passover. Stay tuned for information for 5777/2017.