How Do You Jew – A Seder Tutorial 5 Part Mini-Series with Rabbi Ariel!

Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn presents a 5 part “How Do You Jew?” mini-series on how to run your own Seder.
Part 1 – The Seder Table
Part 2 – Kadesh, Urchatz, Carpas, Yachatz –
Part 3 – Magid –
Part 4 – Rachtza, Motzei, Matza, Maror, Korech 
Part 5 – Tzafun, Barech, Hallel, Nirtza –
A Passover Hagaddah:

Wishing you all a Chag sameach, Kasher u’Bari!

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Important Halachic Times for Pesach

Wednesday, April 8 – Erev Pesach

10:35am – Latest Time to Eat Chametz (Gra)

11:39am – Latest Time to Burn Chametz (Gra)

6:47pm  – Candle Lighting

12:42am – Latest Time to Eat Afikoman (morning of April 9)

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Rabbi Ariel Discusses the Halachic Challenges and Proposed Solutions to Pesach Observance under Corona on ILTV

ILTV News Anchor Aaron Poris interviews Rabbi Ariel on the special leniencies afforded by certain rabbis due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

To watch:  

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Successful Kimcha D’Pischa Campaign – Passover Seder for Those in Need

It can’t be more important than to provide a proper Seder meal to the sick, seder 6elderly and those in need.  Especially this year, with so many out of work due to the Coronavirus. Thanks to our generous donors, we raised over $10,000 to provide the TAIS Seder Kit & Catering free of charge.

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FB Live Clips – Bringing in the Shabbat with the Chazz Israel Nachman and Rabbi Ariel & Family!

On Friday afternoon, April 3, over 4,000 people davened with us for Kabbalat Shabbat with the Chazzan and then with Rabbi Ariel and family!

Here are the clips!

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Pesach Preparation with TAIS plus Special Passover Corona Instructions & Leniencies

Sale of Chametz  

This year, selling your chametz in person is unfortunately not an option so we are recommending selling online through Tzohar.  As many have bought large quantities of food due to the current situation, Tzohar has enable the sale of real Chametz.

You can sell your chametz at the following link:  

A List of Food Products that Do NOT Require a Kosher for Passover Label 2020

The products must be sealed and not opened before Passover.

  1.  Fresh or Frozen Meat (not ground), Chicken, Fish
  2.  Smoked Salmon (lox), Tuna in water or olive oil.   Sephardim can also use Tuna in vegetable oil
  3.  Oil – Olive & Canola for Ashkenazim.  Sephardim can also use Soy and Corn Oil
  4.  Frozen Vegetables ex. broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc
  5.  Apple Cider Vinegar, Wine Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar
  6.  Salt, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Honey, Coffee, Tea (Black, White, Green included, flower and fruit tea not included)
  7.  Butter, Long Life Milk

Kitniyot for Ashkenazim

Ashkenazim and some North African Jews have the custom to refrain from eating Kitniyot (rice, corn, beans, legumes, etc).  Many of the packaged food in Israel is labeled “Kosher for Passover – for Kitniyot Eaters Only”.  However, Rabbi Stav and Tzohar has ruled that as long as Kitniyot ingredients are not on the label, the products are permitted to Ashkenazim for a number of reasons:

  1.   Most often, the labeling is a result of the factory not cleaning the production line between runs, not because there is actual Kitniyot in the product.
  2.   If Kitniyot ingredients are not listed, they can constitute less than 2% of the product thereby rendering them insignificant (batel).
  3.   The Kitniyot have changed form in the mixture.

A List of Food Products Labeled “Kosher for Passover for Kitniyot Eaters Only” that Ashkenazim Can Eat

  1. Meat products
  2. Cheese and dairy products
  3. Vitamins and Medicines – even chewables with flavor which strengthen the body and boost the immunity (according to Rav Herschel Schechter of YU)
  4. Any product where Kitniyot is not listed as an ingredient on the package

Pre-Pesach Seminars

Each year, we offer pre-Pesach seminars and this year, we will take them online!  Join our Daily Torah Talks for various lectures and shiurim by our Team Torah to include Haggadah, Kashering, Running a Seder, etc!

Keep updated on the schedule with times and topics at

Kitchen Kashering

We recommend the following website as a guide to Kashering your Kitchen for Pesach:

Shabbat HaGadol Drasha

Rabbi Ariel will deliver his Annual Shabbat HaGadol Drasha on Friday, April 3 at 1:00pm on FB Live.

Fast of the Firstborn and Siyum Bechorim 

Rabbi Tzvi Schechter, Rosh Yeshiva & Kollel of Yeshiva University has issued a halachic ruling based Torah giant Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin zt”l that no siyum is necessary this year but rather, a first born should give tzedaka (charity) in place of the Fast of the Firstborn.

Important Halachic Times for Pesach

Wednesday, April 8 – Erev Pesach
10:35am – Latest Time to Eat Chametz (Gra)
11:39am – Latest Time to Burn Chametz (Gra)
6:47pm  – Candle Lighting
12:42am – Latest Time to Eat Afikoman (morning of April 9)

Prepare for the Music of the Seder

Listen to our Chazzan Israel Nachman Tordjman sing the classics of the Seder in concert!

Zoom for Seder Night

A group of prominent and highly respected Torah scholars have ruled that one may use Zoom to connect with an elderly parent or grandparent.  Unfortunately, no prominent Ashkenazi rabbi has adopted their ruling. For those who feel that this is really important for them, you have upon whom to rely.  Alternatively, one can also do a virtual seder before the start of the holiday.  For those leading their very first seder or want to brush up on how to run a seder, I am putting together a video of a “How Do You Jew – Model Seder” as a tutorial.

Sale of New Dishes to a Gentile

Tzohar has arranged for one to sell his new dishes to a non-Jew in order to avoid the halachic requirement to immerse those vessels in the Mikvah (tevilat keilim).  When the Health Ministry eases the restrictions, Tzohar will repurchase the dishes from the non-Jew.  At that time, the utensils will again become your fully owned property and you will need to take them for immersion in the mikvah.

To sell your dishes requiring tevilah –

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Bring in the Shabbat with the Chazz Israel Nachman & Rabbi Ariel and Family on Facebook LIVE!

This Friday night, March 27, get into the Shabbat spirit with TAIS on FB LIVE!

4:30pm – Join our illustrious Chazzan Israel Nachman as he sings Shabbat Songs from his home in Tzfat!

6:00pm – Rabbi Ariel and Family will then lead Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat!

For details:

To participate, CLICK HERE and the Livestream will broadcast at the above time

TAIS Kabbalat Shabbat B'Bidud with Israel Nachman from Tzfat - March 27 2020

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Professional Cleaning and Sanitization of TAIS

During this period, TAIS underwent a massive cleaning and professional sanitization that disinfected every corner of the shul.  Much thanks to our donor who enabled this process! Here are some pics:

Sanitization of the Shul 1 Sanitization of the Shul 2

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TAIS Full Package Seder Kit & Catering To Go

As we live in challenging times, The Tel Aviv International Synagogue is answering your full Pesach needs with a delicious, gourmet dinner and everything you need to run your Seder at home!

The Seder Kit and Catering comes in a 5 meal package and includes:  seder 6
** A Seder Plate – including Shank Bone, Roasted Egg, Parsley (Carpas), Horseradish (Maror), Romaine Lettuce (More Marror) and Charoset
** Matzah Shmurah – Three Hand Made Matzot and 1 Kilo of Machine Made
** Wine – 2 bottles Kosher for Passover Dry plus 2 bottles of Grape Juice
** Deluxe Plastic ware dishes to include plates, napkins, forks, spoons, knives, cups, wine cups and a Cup for Elijah may he come speedily in our day!
** A fully catered take away gourmet meal to include:
a. 5 types of Salads – Dill cucumber salad, Sweet potato, Eggplant in tomato sauce, Coleslaw, Beets in vinaigrette
b. Lemon & Herb Salmon Appetizer
c. Chicken Soup with Kneidelach (Matza Balls)
c. Grilled boneless chicken thighs (5 portions) and beef in wine & mushroom sauce (5 portions)
d. Side Dishes – Herb roasted Parisienne potatoes, Broccoli kugel, Antipasti
e. Dessert – Ferrero Rocher – layers of crispy nougat and Belgian chocolate ganache

Cost:  1550 nis (5 meal pacakge) including delivery to your door at NO additional cost!

While this may be more than some need, this can be a blessing in disguise as one order delivered to your door can provide a delicious complete holiday meal for the Seder and as well as for Yom Tov lunch, Shabbat meals and the last day of Yom Tov.  (We suggest dividing out and freezing the portions you will use for the later days of chag).  Alternatively, we suggest reaching out to friends and neighbors who may also be in need or may want to share an order.

Also, thanks to a generous donor, we can help subsidize and/or provide the above Seder Kit & Catering for those in need. If you are able to contribute to the efforts so we can provide for more of the needy, sick and elderly, if you know someone in need or you yourself are in need, pls contact us at

Absolute Order Deadline: Wednesday, April 1
To order online:
Absolute Deadline: Thursday, April 2
For more details:

Wishing everyone a sweet, happy and most importantly, a healthy Pesach!

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Daily Torah Talks – Lunchtime Learning Livestreams with TAIS

We are pleased to launch an online Torah study FB group called Daily Torah Talks!

Rabbi Ariel and an amazing Dream Team of Rabbis, Rabbanit’s and Educators will be broadcasting short study sessions on FB live every day at 1:00pm, 1:30pm as well as various shiurim at various times of the day.  torah study

These studies are offered to you in English, Hebrew, French and Russian.

A schedule will be posted regularly on the group.

Join us!
Spread the word!  Wishing the best of health to all!

See you soon … online

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