Hadar, Passover

Hadar Pre-Passover Sale

Hours for Hadar Gift and Book Shop:

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

4:00 – 5:30 PM

10:30 AM –12:30 PM

Evening hours by appointment, please call the synagogue office, 518-438-7858, ext. 112.

Hadar Gift and Book Shop is featuring items by artist Amalia Flaisher from her company, Sand and Water Creations In Glass, located in Nashua, NH. Her work is inspired by nature, particularly the bright warm glow of the sun and deep blues and greens of the sea. Born in Israel, Amalia currently lives with her family in Litchfield, NH. Using her diverse training in graphic design, metalsmithing, photography and silk painting, Amalia combined her skills to open a path to working on a new but intriguing medium: glass.

Shop at Hadar Gift and Book Shop for beautiful jewelry, Tallit, children’s items, wedding and Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts and many more beautiful items. Hadar Gift Shop features many different artists, with pieces from Azoulay Art, Davida Aprons, Emanuel, Emily Rosenfeld, Eretz Judaica, Gabrieli Hand Weaving, Gary Rosenthal, Jillery, Lily Art, Michal Golan, Seeka and many more.

Having a Simcha? Ask how Hadar Gift and Book Shop can help –inscribed kippot, benchers, tallit, gift registry.


Feast or Fast?

Siyyum B’chorim - Fast of the First Born

Friday, April 19, at 6:45 – 7:30 AM

Adonai passed over the houses of the children of Israel,” (Exodus 12, Verse 12) and spared the first-born male Israelites when the first-born male Egyptians died during the last of the ten plagues. As a reminder of this event, the day before Pesach is observed as a fast day. Jewish law requires that all adults and children who are the first-born child in their family fast from dawn until the first Seder.

The Rabbis permitted all first born to be exempt from fasting by participating in a special ceremony, a siy- yum. A Siyyum marks the completion of the study of a unit of Jewish text, such as a tractate of the Talmud. The completion of a book of the Talmud is a joyous occasion and is followed by a Seudat Mitzvah, an oblig- atory religious feast. In this way, they are exempt from fasting and may eat with the rest of us.

Join Rabbi Eligberg as he completes his study of the Talmudic tractate Tamid following services and cele- brate with breakfast. If you have never participated in this mitzvah before, make this the year. Parents, bring your first-born with you. Remember to bring your Tallit and T’fillin.

Please contact the synagogue office to let us know you will join us. We will conclude around 7:30 AM.


A Jewish Scavenger Hunt: The Search for Chametz (Leaven)

The search is to be conducted Thursday, April 18, 2019. The search is conducted as early as possible following sundown. For those who cannot conduct the search at that time, the entire night is available. However, the search must be concluded by sunrise of the following morning. The search is done at night, traditionally using the light of a candle. You may want to consider a small flashlight. Ten (10) pieces of bread, or other chametz products, are placed in different areas of the house, areas in which it would be customary and usual to find chametz during the course of the year (thus excluding bathrooms from being “searched.”) Immediately before the search, after the candle has been lit, the blessing below is recited.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ד’ אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּנוּ עַל בִּעוּר חָמֵץ.

Ba-ruch atta Adonai, Eh-lo-hey-noo Me-lech ha-o-lam, a-sher keed-sha-noo b’mits-vo-tav v’tsee-va-noo al be-oor cha-metz.
Praised are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe who has sanctified us through His commandments, commanding us to remove all chametz.

After the search has been concluded, a Declaration of Nullification is recited. Ideally, there should be no talking between the time we recite the opening blessing and the time we conclude the Declaration of Nullification. As the “search” proceeds, the “found” pieces are scooped up with a feather and wooden spoon into a receptacle (usually a napkin or paper plate). The receptacle and the implement used to scoop the chametz into the receptacle are all wrapped together carefully and placed in a section of the house where it will not come in contact with the Pesach products which have already been set up. Both the blessing and Declaration are below. There are two Declarations, a nighttime version and a daytime version. Both are to be recited at the appropriate time.

B’deekat Chametz kits are available from the synagogue office.

Nighttime Declaration of Nullification

After the search, recite:

כָּל חֲמִירָא וַחֲמִיעָה דְּאִכָּא בִרְשׁוּתֵי דְּלָא חֲמִתֵּהּ וּדְלָא בַעַרִתֵּהּ וּדְלָא יַדַעְנָא לֵהּ לִבְטִיל וְלֶהֱוֵי הֶפְקֵר כְּעַפְרָא דְאַרְעָא.

Kol cha-me-rah va-cha-me-ah d’-ee-ka veer-shoo-tay, d’-la cha-me-tay ood-la va-ah-ree-tay, ood-la ya-da-na lay, leev-teel v’-leh-heh-vay hef-kare k’-af-ra d’-ah-ra.
All chametz in my possession which I have not seen or removed, or of which I am unaware, is hereby nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

Recitation of this declaration, and a similar one the following day, prevents us from violating the prohibition against chametz (Exodus 13: 7). In the morning, after the last meal of chametz, leftovers are added to the crumbs gathered the previous night. These are burned or thrown out. This concludes the ritual of banishing chametz from our dwellings.

Daytime Declaration of Nullification

In the morning, recite:

כָּל חֲמִירָא וַחֲמִיעָה דְּאִכָּא בִרְשׁוּתֵי דַּחֲזִתֵּהּ וּדְּלָא חֲזִתֵּהּ, דַּחֲמִתֵּהּ וּדְּלָא חֲמִתֵּהּ,דְבַעַרִיתֵּהּ וּדְלָא בַעַרִיתֵּהּ דְיַדַעְנָא לֵהּ וּדְלָא יַדַעְנָא לֵהּ לִבְטִיל וְלֶהֱוֵי הֶפְקֵר כְּעַפְרָא דְאַרְעָא.

Kol cha-me-rah va-cha-me-ah d’-ee-ka veer-shoo-tay, da-cha-ze-tay ood’-la cha-ze-tay, da-cha-me-tay ood’-la cha-me-tay, d’-va-ah-ree-tay ood-la va-ah-ree-tay, d’ya-da-na lay, ood-la ya-da-na lay, leev-teel v’-leh-heh-vay hef-kare k’-af-ra d’-ah-ra.
All chametz in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have removed it or not, is hereby nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

Reflection: Adonai, our God and God of our ancestors, just as I have removed all chametz from my home and from my ownership, so may I evict the evil inclination from my heart, and may You dislodge the evil from the earth.


Be-your Chametz: Burning the Chametz

The burning of the chametz is done between sunrise and the fourth hour of the day (determined by computing the total number of minutes in the day, dividing by “12” and multiplying by “4”). The Declaration of Nullification (daytime version) must be recited not later than the fifth hour of the day. No chametz may be eaten after the fourth hour; no chametz may be used, sold, or handled after the sixth hour. These time restrictions reflect elements of the sacrificial system that existed during the period of the Second Temple. The chametz, therefore, must be burned and Declaration recited, on Friday, April 19, by 11:46 AM. Many people recite the Declaration as the chametz is burning.