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Unread 03-04-2002, 11:16 PM   #1
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As we approach Pesach, I thought I'd post these Halacho's

One who will be spending Pesach in a hotel and arrives there before the night of the 14th Nissan, he is required to do the search in his rented room or suite with a brocho and to nullify the chometz.

If he arrives on the day of Erev Pesach, or during Chol HaMoed and the room had not been searched prior to his arrival by anyone, then he needs to do a search with a brocho.

If he will just be spending the night of the 14th of Nissan in a rented room and he plans to leave after mid-day of Erev Pesach, he is still required to do the search, but without a brocho (Nitei Gavriel Pesach Vol. 1 20:9)

A car that one plans to use during Chol HaMoed needs to be cleaned and searched. The Nitei Gavriel (Pesach Vol. 1 21:1) writes that it is sufficient to clean it with a vacuum cleaner and check it over during the day with the windows open, especially if the car has tinted windows and it is not so easy to see the inside. If one has no intention to use the car during Pesach and it will be parked in the garage, etc. it is sufficient to include the car in the sale to the non-Jew.

If one rents a car from a non-Jew during Chol HaMoed, he would need to check the car for chometz. (Nitei Gavriel Pesach Vol. 1 21:4)
Adapted from Rabbi Wenger
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Unread 03-05-2002, 05:48 PM   #2
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A non Lubavitcher asked me, why are Lubavitch so Makpid about Gebrokes if when you put the Matzo in your mouth it gets wet and then you have the same problem so why be so makpid, I told him that it is a dum question because if you can't put it into your mouth how are you ment to eat it!! but he said he wants a deaper answer. Anyone got any answers for him?
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Unread 03-05-2002, 09:27 PM   #3
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The difference is simple. The Halacha says that in order that it shall become Chometz it has to be left alone 18 minutes. So when you swallow immediatly it can't become chometz.

If so, then why are we so carefull not to dip anything in any food, if you eat immediatly? But on those we are choshesh that a few crumbs or pieces will not be eaten or lingered upon before eating them.
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Unread 03-06-2002, 08:55 AM   #4
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masbir, I agree with you except for one point. I think it needs to be stated that "technically" gebroks is WATER and matzah, not egg and matzoh, not fresh fruit juice, WATER. Why do we not put ANYTHING on our matzoh and call it gebroks?
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Unread 03-06-2002, 10:42 AM   #5
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In Chabad, If we have hunderd% fruitjuice of any kind with not a drop of water mixed, we can indeed dip. Just that all wines and milk have water in them, or the Kelim wernt wiped well, so we refrain from dipping in them. But The Rebbe Reshab dipped his Matzoh in wine, since it was homemaid wine with no water mixed in. If someone wants to smear Avacado on Matzoh- no Problem

Our view is based on The Alter Rebbes responsa simon 6 (In Back of the last volume Shilchon Aruch ADHZ). However there are other customs more stringent, based on a different understanding of the problem of dipping, and according them also fruitjuice shall not be used.

But in Breslov according R' Nachman, they wern't so makpid on that.

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Bored, that's like saying, since we don't wear Tefilin anymore the entire day, let's not put them on at all!

We wear Tefilin as much as possible, and we don't eat gebrochts as much as possible!
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In regard to not eating Gebrocks throughout Pesach, The Alter Rebbe writes "S'hamachmir Tovai Olov Brocho..."

(Printed in Shulchan Oruch HoRav back of Chelek Vov, Siman Vov - Sha'arei Teshuvah leShulchan Oruch, Orach Chaim at the end of Siman 460)
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<<<Bored, that's like saying, since we don't wear Tefilin anymore the entire day, let's not put them on at all!

We wear Tefilin as much as possible, and we don't eat gebrochts as much as possible!>>>

This is not a logical answer, the reason we dont put on tfilin only at daavening is bec. such a short time we can be careful of hirur, but if we wouldnt be, we would be poter indeed.

<<<In regard to not eating Gebrocks throughout Pesach, The Alter Rebbe writes "S'hamachmir Tovai Olov Brocho...">>>

But its "Lizoher Michassha Isor Deoirise"! not just a nice minhog!
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Yes, true indeed.
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UveHemshich. From the same source:

One does not have to search any area or house which is being sold to a non-Jew for Pesach.

Women are also required to do the search, thus if a woman lives alone or is a single parent and does not have older sons, she is required to do the search herself.

Although the search may be performed by women, it is preferable that men do it. (A.R.S.A. O.C. 432:10)

One who will be traveling away from home before Pesach, but will be returning during Chol HaMoed, must do the search of his home prior to his departure, no matter how early in the year it is, but without a brocho.

If one is leaving his home within 30 days of Pesach and will not be returning until after Pesach is still required to do the search, without a Brocho.

One who has a summer home in the country, whether he also uses it other times of the year or not, should seek Rabbinical advice.

After the search one is required to nullify the chometz by saying the text of Kol Chamira. It is necessary to understand the idea of what he is saying. Otherwise it should be said in a language that one understands.

A Kosher and Freilech Pesach - Zman Chairusainu - May we Takeh be Zoche to the Geulah hoAmitis veHashlaima Taikef uMiyad Mammosh!
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Unread 03-11-2002, 07:32 PM   #11
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uveHemshach...

It is appropriate to wash one's hands before starting the search. (A.R.S.A. O.C. 432:12)

One who did not manage or forgot to do the search on the night of the 14th must do the search the next morning (Erev Pesach) using a candle and saying the Brocho.

One must remember to remove the used vacuum bag from the vacuum cleaner after doing the last chometz cleaning.

Play-dough contains chometz and must be put away for Pesach.

One must remember to check the cuffs of pants, since it is possible that chometz may have fallen there.

Rings, since they are kept on when cooking, kneading, etc. must be cleaned well. One must especially be careful with diamond rings to clean inside the settings. There are even those that kasher the rings with Hagolah.

Very often young children who go to preschool and early elementary bring home arts and crafts projects made with chometz, such as macaroni, etc. These projects should be put away for Pesach. It would appear from the Nitei Gavriel (37) that it they are painted, they are disqualified as food and may be kept out.

The telephone, and the handset in particular should be cleaned very well before Pesach.
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Along with avocado, R' Marlow is said to have said that pure butter or shmaltz is also fine on matza, for the same reason that avocado is okay.
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It was the custom of the Rebbe Rashab to eat the meal on the last day of Pesach with the Yeshiva Bochurim.

After the Davening, on the first night of Pesach, the Rebbe would go and make sure every detail was being attended to properly.

One year, the Rebbe was surprised by what he found. The Yeshiva had prepared a first course of radishes with chicken fat.
"Didn't you know that the Tzemach Tzedek forbade eating radishes on Pesach, although he did not cite a reason for this?" asked the Rebbe.
Source: Extraordinary Tales Vol. 1 page 148
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women don't lean during the seder...

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Hi, all. I just wanted to share something interesting I learned recently. Women do not lean during the seder (at any point in time) according to Lubavitch. I never knew this. At anyrate, it is not considered proper apparently. Partly I think because aristocratic women never leaned while eating and certainly do not do this now. However, despite the fact that aristocratic men don't eat leaning now it is still our minhag that jewish men lean while eating and drinking at the seder.

Very interesting....

What other than garlic and radishes do we have a DEFINATE custom not to eat during pesach?
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<<<Hi, all. I just wanted to share something interesting I learned recently. Women do not lean during the seder (at any point in time) according to Lubavitch. I never knew this.>>>

I am not sure I grasp what you wrote. Are there communities where woman do lean?

The practice that woman don't lean, is clearly ruled so in Shilchon Aruch Orach Cheim (Alter rebbe) simon Tuv ein beis seif yud (472, 10).

Now, according Halacha there is a distinction between an ishe chashuva (=woman of importance, aristacracy) and a simple woman. The "important woman" has to lean, but not so the simple woman.

However, all woman nowadays are considered "chashuvos" and should need leaning. But since there is an opinion by the RAVYIH that in our times leaning is uniformely obselete, since for us leaning is uncomfortable and doesnt express any royalty, so we apply this leinency to woman, that they are exempt from leaning.
(see A.R there.)
What I saw in Chabad and outside Chabad is that woman don't lean, but perhaps certain communities do.

About items we dont use on Pesach see in great detail the excellent "Otzar Minhogei Chabad" p42 and on.
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Along with avocado, R' Marlow is said to have said that pure butter or shmaltz is also fine on matza, for the same reason that avocado is okay.
How can we know that the Butter or Shmaltz is "Pure"?!

Who heard it from R Marlow?
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Furthermore, Pesach is more than just a matter of halacha. It runs along with the specific customs of your home. So just because it may be halachically allowed to eat avocado with matzah doesn't mean you really should, if that's not what your home does. --The same way many rabbonim hold that oil is probably more machmir than schmaltz, but if your family has been using schmaltz for generations, you stick to that minhag.
We all know that Pesach's [personal] minhagim doesn't necessarily have to make logical sense, but the minhag is kept (each family to their own, most not even eating out of their own homes for that very reason.). I therefore think it is difficult to say which customs we have as a whole.
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<<How can we know that the Butter or Shmaltz is "Pure"?!>>>

Perhaps if you have them homemade.
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<<Furthermore, Pesach is more than just a matter of halacha. It runs along with the specific customs of your home. So just because it may be halachically allowed to eat avocado with matzah doesn't mean you really should, if that's not what your home does. --The same way many rabbonim hold that oil is probably more machmir than schmaltz, but if your family has been using schmaltz for generations, you stick to that minhag.>>>

Correct indeed, and very important to emphasize. Also that we don't buy pre packeged food with all those hechseirim. But since "shrue" has halachic ramifactions, its important to catogarize what is considered shrue and what not. Also we actually saw The Reshab dipping in wine, so its a bit differnt than other customs.

But in the end we shall adhere to the vrese: "Al titosh toras imechu"

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Orange Juice

What about dipping the Matzah in pure home made Orange Juice?
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When was the last time you saw homemade Butter?
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<<<What about dipping the Matzah in pure home made Orange Juice?>>>

Why not? Its not mei peiros?
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shmaltz is homemade
I was told that Ahava butter is pure butter
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In continuation...

In order to avoid violating the prohibition of possessing chometz, one must sell his chometz to a non-Jew. Since the laws are very complex, we appoint the rabbi to act as our agent to sell the chometz.

One must not take this sale lightly. This is a legally binding sale and the non-Jew has permission to come during Pesach and take some of the chometz. (Of course, he will be required to pay for it, since initially only a small deposit is given).

One may not make any precondition that the non-Jew MUST sell back the chometz after Pesach or that the Jew is required to buy back the chometz after Pesach. However the Jew may state in a noncommittal way that he'll buy back the chometz after Pesach.

The sale of the Chometz needs to take place on Erev Pesach prior to the end of the 5th hour.

Although one has sold the chometz and the room where it is kept to the non-Jew, if the Jew needs to get something in that room, such as a tool, he would be permitted to go in there and get it. (Permission to trespass in that area is requested of the non-Jew and thus it is permitted.)

One would be permitted to purchase chometz before Pesach and sell it to the non-Jew in order to have it available after Pesach.
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uveHemshech...

Even if one forgot to sell the chometz, but the Rabbi, realizing that the individual did not come to him, included him in his sale to the non-Jew. the chometz may be used after Pesach. The rule that one can do a meritorious act on behalf of someone else not in his presence (zachin le'adam shelo befanav) applies in this situation.

One also need not be concerned that perhaps that individual sold the chometz through a different rabbi, because one is permitted to sell the chometz to two rabbis, even though each sells to a different non-Jew. (Nitei Gavriel Pesach 40:5)

One should be careful to write the correct address of where the chometz is located. If one has chometz in a number of places or warehouses, each location should be listed.

It is appropriate and proper to give money to the rabbi who will be selling the chometz on his behalf.

Minhag Chabad, following the guidelines of the Alter Rebbe, makes sure that there is an "arev kablan," one is responsible for the debt payment of the chometz that the non-Jew purchases. The Arev Kablan himself cannot sell his chometz through that same rabbi unless he gives his chometz as a gift to another individual and that second individual will assign it to the rabbi as his own, or the Arev Kablan can sell it through a different rabbi.

P.S. Don't forget to say the Nasi each day until and including the 13th of Nissan.
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