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Issue 41
March 2013
Adar / Nissan 5773

Dear Reader,


The festivities of Purim are now behind us and a frenzy of spring cleaning is being undertaken in Jewish homes across the world, ready for one of the most significant dates in the Jewish calendar.


Pesach is a highlight of our year. This is the time when we recall the Jewish people becoming a Nation and rising to great spiritual heights. A time of breaking free from the slavery and oppression Egypt inflicted upon us. 


Wishing you all a chag, kasher v'sameach, and may this Pesach be a time of our own personal freedom.


Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community
"JLE JLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE 
Hitchhiker's Guide to Passover. With Rabbi Reuven Stepsky. Wednesdays, 6th - 20th March 2013 at 8pm. For more information telephone 020 8458 4588 or email rabbistepsky@jle.org.uk
"seed seed, Mowbray House, Edgware HA8 8DJ  

Parenting for the 21st Century - with Rabbi Dr Ivan Lerner. Sunday 10th March 2013, 8.30pm. £15 including supper. For more information email events@seed.uk.net 

Kesher, 933 Finchley Road, NW11 7PE

Pre-Pesach seminar, Wednesday 13th and 20th March 2013 at 8.30pm. For more information email Dvora on connect@kesher.org.uk or telephone 020 8458 5836. 

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 

Q: Every year I tie myself up in knots when it comes to cleaning my kitchen for Pesach. Recently though I learned from my PaL tutor that along with selling my actual food chametz, I can include any chametz that may be remaining in my pots and pans. So now I'm wondering - what's to stop me simply locking up all my kitchen cupboards, selling any chametz that might be inside them, and just giving the fridge a good scrub when it comes to cleaning for Pesach? It would certainly make my life a lot easier and I think I'd enjoy the holiday a lot more - but somehow it feels like I wouldn't be doing it properly. Is the approach I've suggested a permissible one?


A: Many people are surprised to discover that even in some observant homes, it's common to keep chametz during Pesach, albeit in sealed cupboards.  How does this work?  When it comes to chametz on Pesach, the Torah prohibits three things: eating, deriving benefit and ownership.  While many people prefer (and the Torah likely originally expected us) to get rid of any remaining chametz before Pesach by eating it or giving it away, it is quite normal and permitted to sell the chametz to a non-Jew.  (By the way, this is a complex procedure and needs to be done by the local Rabbi on your behalf).  Once the chametz is sold, it can be sealed in cupboards at home, even in the kitchen, and simply left there during Pesach.  This means that you can shut away year-round pots and pans even if they're not so clean!  Enjoy your Yom Tov.

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