Rabbi's Message

  • March 20, 2015


    The concern of chametz on Pesach is not limited to foodstuff and certain types of goods containing problematic ingredients. As many are aware, pots and other utensils employed in the preparation and service of food that are used year round are not to be used over Pesach. Despite the fact that the utensil might be perfectly clean, its use is forbidden due to the absorption of chametz taste that is in the vessel which would be transferred into the non-chametz food if used on Pesach. As such, it is important to kasher any utensils you might need over the holiday that have been used during the year.

    The general rule regarding this process is that utensils made of metal, wood, and natural rubber can be kashered, whereas china, earthenware, and glassware should not. Any utensil that is to be kashered should first be cleaned thoroughly from any dirt or residue. If the utensil is not clean, it cannot be kashered. Any rust (not a mere discoloration or the like) on the inside of a vessel should be removed as well. If there are significant cracks and crevices on the inside of a utensil that cannot be cleaned well and thus might have dirt trapped inside, in all likelihood the utensil cannot be kashered.

    This year we will once again be having a representative from the ‘Go Kosher' organization kashering our utensils for us. It will be taking place in the shul kitchen on Sunday, March 29th, between 9:15 am and 12:00 pm. If you plan on coming that morning, please e-mail me to sign-up for a 15 minute slot during which you will bring your items to the shul and they will be kashered.   

    Have a great Shabbos and a Chag kasher v’Sameach.


    SHAIMOS REMOVAL - one night next week a Shaimos removal service will be in the Shul parking lot from 6 - 7 PM. As soon as we get exact information regarding which day it's coming, and pricing, we will send out an email.

    Volunteers are needed to help sort through the Shul's Shaimos and to assist in organizing the library, this Sunday morning at 10 AM.