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Hametz 2021

This form must be completed by Wednesday, March 24th.

Since ownership of hametz (bread and other leavened products) is not allowed during Passover, ideally all hametz in one's possession would be given away or destroyed before the holiday begins. Since this often represents a financial hardship, the practice arose for people to store away their hametz before Passover and arrange to sell it for the duration of the holiday. 

Passover begins on Saturday night, so this makes the transition into a hametz free zone a little complicated. You should complete your Passover cleaning by Friday morning. Some rabbis recommend using Kosher for Passover egg matzah for the shabbat meals, but others will still use challah for Friday night and for Saturday morning as long as you completely finish the challah within the first third of the day.

Also, there is a tradition to use this time to help others celebrate Passover by contributing to ma'ot chitim, funds to help everyone celebrate the holiday. As we do every year, we are participating in the JFS Passover Campaign. You can contribute here:

I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi Philip Gibbs to act in my place and stead, and in my place to sell all hametz possessed by me as defined by Torah and Rabbinic law. 

Rabbi Philip has the full right to sell and lease by transactions, as he deems fit and proper, for such time which he believes necessary.

Also do I hereby give the said Rabbi Philip full power and authority to appoint a substitute in his stead with full power to sell and lease as provided herein. The above given power is in conformity with all Torah and Rabbinical laws and regulations.

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Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782