Second Night Community Passover Seder Saturday, March 31 6:30-8:30 pm
MCJC invites you to our table as we carry on the tradition of hosting our Second Night Community Passover Seder at MCJC. RSVP Here.
Other Passover Updates at MCJC
If you have a university student in your household for whom you wish a Passover box be sent to (Matzah, macaroons, and other Passover-related goodies) on behalf of the MCJC community, please let Jill Purvin know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for volunteers to help kasher MCJC’s kitchen for Passover. We’ll meet on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 9:00 am. For more information or to volunteer please contact the MCJC office at email@example.com.
Free Choice and Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart
God doesn’t take away Pharaoh’s freedom to choose between good and evil, between compassion and cruelty. Pharaoh himself gives that freedom away by repeatedly choosing evil until he has defined himself in his own mind as a person who always makes the cruel choice.
By Jennifer Schwartz, MCJC Religious School Lead Teacher
One of my favorite memories is finding the chametz before Pesach with my Papa. We would hide small chunks of bread throughout the house on napkins; then we’d take a flashlight and go back through for a seek-and-destroy mission. The chunks of bread would be swept into a paper bag and taken to our local shul to be burned the next day.
Why not start this tradition with your own family? Customarily, the search for chametz (leavened food forbidden duing Passover) in the home is done with a beeswax candle, a wooden spoon, and a paper bag for collection. Before collection, “hide” ten small pieces of bread throughout the house, wrapped in or on something flammable (no aluminum foil here guys). The hiding doesn’t even have to be done the day of the search! Hide them before and adults can write down where they are, just in case. Make it a real mission for the kiddos!
The evening before Pesach, say the following prayer:
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us concerning the removal of chametz.
Next, have someone hold the lit candle and find all the hidden chametz, even ones you didn’t hide but you might just find! The wooden spoon can be used to sweep the chametz into the bag. Once you’ve completed the search, gather the search party back together and recite the Kol Chamira:
All leaven or anything leavened which is in my possession, which I have neither seen nor removed, and of which I am unaware, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.
After this declaration is recited, all unknown chametz in your home will be considered nullified. Your bag is now safe to be destroyed.
In the Jewish tradition, there’s a sense that everything gets moving as a result of a problem, a question, a Machloket in Hebrew. That even the most provocative question is still better than no question because, in the words of Rabbi Professor Donniel Hartman, questions, questioning, push at the limits of the sort of silent conspiracy of the way things have to be.
OnSunday, March 11, at 10:00 am, our Religious School children will participate in a special hands-on Matzah-making workshop.
Our children will knead, roll and bake their own round hand-made Matzah as the ancient Hebrews did over 3,300 years ago. They will learn, experience and taste the tradition of eating hand-made Shmura Matzah on Pesach. Every child will be given a specially designed baker’s hat to wear and to keep as a souvenir.
SPECIAL PASSOVER PROGRAM WITH FOX VALLEY SYNAGOGUE SCHOOLS AT CKI
On Sunday, March 18, from 10:00 am to noon, our Religious School will join the other Fox Valley synagogue schools for a special Passover program held at Congregation Kneseth Israel (CKI) in Elgin. Click here to reserve your space.
Passover 2018: The Seder as an Aspirational Calling
The Passover Seder is an opportunity, and by our great Sages, a mandated responsibility to reclaim a Jewish experience of depth, meaning, and relevancy in every generation.