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Passover With Kane Street 5780

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub & Passover Offerings

Before we share our community Passover programs, please know that from the beginning of Rabbinic tradition, 2000 years ago, health and life were valued above even the most central commandments. Here in paraphrase is a teaching from the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Yoma 85b, based on the “V’shamru” verse which many of you know in song:

“V’’Shamru B’nai YIsrael et HaShabbat – The children of Israel shall keep Shabbat, to observe Shabbat” (Exodus 31:16). Why the double phrasing, “keep Shabbat in order to observe Shabbat”. The Torah actually meant: We may desecrate one Shabbat on his behalf so he will observe many Shabbatot. Rav Yehuda said that Shmuel offered as proof the verse: “You shall keep My statutes and My ordinances, which a person shall do and live by them” (Leviticus 18:5), and not that he should die by them. In all circumstances, one must take care not to die as a result of fulfilling the mitzvot.”

We generally gather in large, personal Seders. These must not happen and we will observe the six foot separation (in all directions). As heartbreaking as it is for us to give this directive and for you to read it, all of us, especially seniors and those with underlying conditions must take special care even if it means a tiny home Seder.

We certainly love our cherished Passover foods, but this year we will not go out on shopping expeditions to gather all the ingredients, but shop as needed, and as safe, and make do with more simple repast. Each year we look forward to energetic Pesach preparation, with all manner of foods spread out over multiple surfaces as relatives, friends, and children freely dart in and out and dishes are tested by one finger and mouth after another. This year, our kitchens will be sedate, sanitized, and controlled.

Please note that the Passover Seder, while one of the most powerful, cherished and enduring rituals, is historically very flexible. It has been observed properly in thousands of different ways and there are hundreds of thousands of printed Haggadot extant today. Many times in our history we have had to modify the Seder in response to uncontrollable external circumstances, as we face today. Even a ritual as symbolic and central as the Seder place is adaptable. If you don’t have raw horseradish, and can’t even find bottled, jarred horseradish, use lettuce. If you don’t have a shankbone, don’t go out on dangerous shopping expeditions to find one. Use a chicken bone or as some vegetarians prefer, a “paschal yam”. We are not being silly. These rituals while dear are malleable and infinitely less important than preservation of health and life.

Our special Passover programs are detailed below. We look forward to coming together, as a community, to study, pray, sing and rejoice before and on the holiday, even if online.

Chag Kasher, Samei’ach, U’bari,

A joyous, kosher and healthy Holiday to you and your families,

Rabbi Sam Weintraub

Let my people go — when you can’t go out
A COVID 19 study of the Hagaddah with Rabbi Sam and Cantor Sarah.
Thursday, March 26; Tuesday, March 31; Thursday April 2,
from 7:30-9:00pm. **Links to study session will be posted ahead of the learning.**

Rabbi Sam leads this three part online series exploring the text of the Haggadah, especially in light of our Covid-19 reality. What does the narrative of slavery-wandering–promise teach us about patience and keeping vision? What guidance does the Hagaddah offer for creating community, meaning and even joy when material circumstances are constrained? How can we engage the frustration and confusion of young people at this time, and respond with honesty but also hope? Each session will begin with Cantor Sarah leading and teaching Seder prayers and songs.

The Passover Seder, which means order, consists of fifteen steps.

This year, we are inviting community members to “take a step” and make a short video clip of yourself (or family members) performing a step of the Seder. You can do this by reciting a piece or all of the text that goes with the step (English and/or Hebrew) and/or explain your particular custom or family practice for this step and/or introduce the step with a teaching.

However you choose, we look forward to compiling and offering these as an Kane Street Seder and Interactive Haggadah that will be shared with everyone to help bring us together for the holiday during a year when we are physically apart. You can use this resource during your own Seder or to help you prepare ahead of time.

Please sign up for a Seder step here using your preferred email address as your “participant name,” and email your video to [email protected] by Wednesday, April 1.

Welcome Passover Night Together
Join Rabbi Jason live on Erev Pesach for a very brief welcome to Passover. He’ll be live once at 5:00pm. **Link to Passover Night Welcome will be posted ahead of the holiday**

We’ll conclude the welcome with an introduction to our Kane Street Seder and Interactive Haggadah, featuring video clips that we are are seeking from Kane Street members for each step of the Seder. Read more below.

Sell Your Chametz
Please take a few minutes to complete our Sale of Chametz form.

Looking to Host or Join a Virtual Seder?
We understand that the extraordinary circumstances which will isolate many of us from one another this Passover is leading to new and virtual ways of gathering.  Let us know if you would like to be invited to a live virutal seder in a Kane Street member’s home; or if you’re planning and have room at your table to host additional guests at your own virual seder.

Annual Passover Guide
While recognizing this year is unlike any other, and everyone’s preparation for and experience of Passover will be different than usual, we share as reference the Rabbinical Assembly’s annual Pesah Guide on preparing a home for the holiday.

Passover Ritual Times

Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 8, Erev Pesach and First Night

  • Before 10:44am: Finish eating Chametz
  • Before 11:50am: Dispose of Chametz
  • Evening
  • 7:08pm: Candle Lighting
  • First Seder

Thursday, April 9, Second night

  • 8:12pm: Candle lighting
  • Second Seder
  • Begin to count the Omer

Friday, April 10,  Shabbat Chol Hamo’ed, Intermediate Shabbat of Pesach

  •  7:14pm Candle lighting

Tuesday, April 14  , Seventh Night of Passover

  • Tuesday, 7:14pm: Candle Lighting

Wednesday, April 15-16, Eighth Day of Passover

  • Wednesday, 8:16 pm: Candle lighting
  • Thursday, 8:20pm: Passover ends with Havdalah. You may eat newly-bought Chametz immediately. Chametz sold through meichirat chametz (the sale of your chametz) may be eaten after 8:35 pm.
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