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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. Click here to join at the start of each session.

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.

To help bring us together this Passover, in a year when we are physically apart, we present our Kane Street Seder and Interactive Haggadah — featuring video clips of community members  performing, teaching, and singing steps of the Seder. You can also view all the clips as a YouTube Playlist

Whether you use this resource during your own Seder, or to help you prepare ahead of time, we hope it will both contribute to your holiday and be a reminder that Passover tells the story of a collective journey to freedom. While we may be physically isolated from one another at this moment, we remain a community. We hope seeing your Kane Street friends, clergy, and even family, on these Seder clips will remind you that on Passover, as the Haggadah says, we join with our people everywhere. Now we are still in bonds. Next year may all be free!

Join Rabbi Jason Gitlin and other Kane Streeters live by Zoom on Erev Pesach, Wednesday, April 8, at 5:00pm for a very brief Passover welcome together and introduction to our Seder and Interactive Haggadah.


Welcome Passover Night Together

Join Rabbi Jason Gitlin and other Kane Streeters live by Zoom on Erev Pesach, Wednesday, April 8, at 5:00pm for a very brief Passover welcome together and introduction to our Seder and Interactive Haggadah.

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.

RA Annual Passover Guide & ‘Feast of Freedom’ Haggadah Now Available Online

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.

In addition, the RA is offering free downloads of the Feast of Freedom Haggadah.

Ta’anit B’chorim, the Fast of the First Born

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30am on Zoom, so long as a Minyan registers beforehand by emailing Rabbi Weintraub
Erev Pesach is also Ta’anit B’chorim, the fast of the first born. However, by longstanding tradition, first borns relieve themselves of the obligation to fast by joining in a service of siyyum, symbolic completion of a Talmudic tractate, followed by an obligatory breakfast to celebrate the siyyum. We will host a Zoom  service and siyyum on Wednesday morning at 7:30 provided we have a minyan pre-registered. If you can commit yourself to attending, please notify Rabbi Weintraub at [email protected]

Yizkor on Passover
Sunday, April 12, during 9:00am morning services

In normal times, we follow the Ashkenazic Diaspora custom of reciting Yizkor prayers on the Eighth Day of Passover. However, customs around Yizkor are flexible. For example, Sephardim do not recite Yizkor at all on the Festivals. So, because we will not be having a service on the final, eighth day,  we will observe Yizkor on the Second Intermediate Day of Passover, Sunday, April 12, during our regularly scheduled 9:00am Zoom Sunday morning service. Link to follow.

Passover Ritual Times & Torah Readings

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.

Torah Readings

Passover I
Torah Portion: Exodus 12:21 – 12:51 & Numbers 28:16 – 28:25
maf: Numbers 28:16-25 (10 p’sukim)
Haftarah: Joshua 5:2 – 6:1

Passover II
Torah Portion: Leviticus 22:26 – 23:44 & Numbers 28:16 – 28:25
maf: Numbers 28:16-25 (10 p’sukim)
Haftarah: II Kings 23:1 – 23:9; 23:21 – 23:25

Passover III (on Shabbat)Exodus 33:12 – 34:26 & Numbers 28:19-25
Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Passover VII
Torah Portion: Exodus 13:17 – 15:26 & Numbers 28:19 – 28:25
maf: Numbers 28:19-25 (7 p’sukim)
Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1-51

Passover VIII
Deuteronomy 15:19 – 16:17 & Numbers 28:19 – 28:25
maf: Numbers 28:19-25 (7 p’sukim)
Haftarah: Isaiah 10:32 – 12:6

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