Pesach Schedule 5780 / 2020

Some halachos to make Pesach easier.

  • In order to minimize the area that must be inspected on the night of Bedikas Chometz, one may perform an actual bedikah on the preceding nights in areas that have been cleaned. The idea is to split up the one large bedikah to take place on the night of the 14th into many smaller bedikos on nights preceding the 14th. This bedikah on nights preceding the 14th must be performed after dark, with the aid of a candle or flashlight (just like the one on the night of the 14th will be performed) but, without a brachah, and afterward care must be taken not to bring chometz into the areas that have been inspected. If these criteria are satisfied, no additional bedikah will be required in those areas on the night of the 14th. Doing this you can check your entire house on nights before the 14th, making sure to leave at least one room unchecked for the night of the 14th.
  • On Wednesday morning, the morning of Biur Chometz (Burning of Chometz), please note that there will be no public burning of the chometz. This is the recommended way to dispose of your chometz: Any chometz that you don’t want and is not part of your mechira (sale of chometz) place in you city trash can. At that point it will automatically be out of your possession, and in the city’s possession. Leave over one kezayis of chometz that you will crumble into the toilet and flush. This will be they way you will “burn” your chometz this year. It is strongly not recommended for each person to do a private burning of chometz, even in you BBQ.
  • At this time, the keilim mikvahs are closed or should not be used. For those buying new utensils for Pesach, the following options are available to be exempt from tevilla 1) Sell the utensils to a Non-Jew and then borrow them to be used on Pesach. For those that won’t need to use the keilim until Erev Pesach, this can be included in the contract for Mechiras Chametz. 2) Make the utensils hefker in front of three people, over the phone or videoconferencing. (Call Rabbi Yaakov Rich, (972) 835-6016 if you have questions.) Under these circumstances, when possible, it is praiseworthy to use disposables or new utensils that don’t need tevilla. When the situation improves and it is deemed safe to use the keilim mikvah again, one should re-acquire the keilim and do tevillas keilim at that time with a bracha.
  • Bechorim should ideally make their own siyum on Erev Pesach. A minyan is not needed for the Siyum. Otherwise, this year it is acceptable to join a siyum via the phone or videoconferencing and then something should be eaten in honor of the simcha. The address for the CTC Siyum (7:30 AM Wednesday), is, alternatively Agudath Israel will be providing siyumim. If one misses all the siyumim, he should not fast this year as it is important to maintain one’s strength.
  • Please remember to give generously to Maos Chitim. There are unfortunately more families than ever that can use the assistance. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 7th

  • Mincha/Maariv 7:35 PM
  • Search for Chametz Begins 8:30 PM
  • After search Nullification is recited (see ArtScroll page 654)

Wednesday, April 8th, Erev Pesach

  • Fast of First Born begins 5:53 AM
  • Shacharis 6:40 AM
  • Siyum 7:30 PM
  • Last time for eating chametz 10:57 AM
  • Last time for burning chametz and reciting nullification (see ArtScroll page 654) 12:13 PM
  • Eruv Tavshilin is made (See ArtScroll siddur, page 654)
  • Candle lighting 7:35 PM
  • Mincha/Maariv 7:40 PM
  • First Seder (Not Before) 8:30 PM
  • Chatzos (Mid-Night) 1:28 AM

Yom Tov, Thursday, April 9th , First Day of Pesach

  • Shacharis 9:00 AM (Note later start time. We continue to say Mashiv Haruach Morid HaGeshem through the silent mussaf.)
  • Mincha/Maariv 7:40 PM
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day One)
  • Candle lighting (From pre-existing flame. Second seder preparations begin not before) 8:43 PM
  • Chatzos (Mid-Night) 1:28 AM

Yom Tov, Friday, April 10th, Second Day of Pesach, Day One of the Omer

  • Shacharis 9:00 AM (Note later start time.)
  • Mincha/Abbreviated Kabalos Shabbos/Maariv 7:00 PM
  • Candle lighting (From pre-existing flame) 7:36 PM
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day Two)

Shabbos, April 11th, First Day of Chol Hamoed, Day Two of the Omer

  • Shacharis 8:30 AM
  • Mincha/Shalosh Seudos 7:25 PM
  • Maariv (Begin saying V’Sein Beracha in silent S.E.) 8:45 PM
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day Three)
  • Shabbos Ends 8:45 PM

Sunday, April 12th, Second Day of Chol HaMoed, Day Three of the Omer

  • Shacharis 8:00 AM
  • Mincha/Maariv 7:40 PM
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day Four)

Monday, April 13th, Third Day of Chol HaMoed, Day Four of the Omer

  • Shacharis 6:40 AM
  • Mincha/Maariv 7:40 PM
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day Five)

Tuesday, April 14th, Fourth Day of Chol HaMoed, Day Five of the Omer

  • Shacharis 6:40 AM
  • Mincha/Maariv (Early Yom Tov) 7:00 PM
  • Candlelighting 7:39 PM
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day Six)

Yom Tov, Wednesday, April 15th, Seventh Day of Pesach, Day Six of the Omer

  • Shacharis 8:30 AM
  • Candlelighting (From pre-existing flame, not before) 8:48 PM
  • Mincha/Maariv 8:50 PM
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day Seven)

Yom Tov, Thursday, April 16th, Eighth Day of Pesach, Day Seven of the Omer

  • Shacharis 8:30 AM
  • Yizkor
  • Mincha followed by Neilas HaChag 7:30 PM
  • Maariv 8:50
  • Sefiras HaOmer (Count Day Eight)
  • Pesach Ends 8:48 PM
  • No Chametz until 10:00 PM

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