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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