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Since it is prohibited to possess chametz on Passover, any chametz left undisposed must be sold to a non-Jew.
All such chametz, as well as all chametz utensils that were not thoroughly cleaned, should be stored away. The storage area should be locked or taped shut for the duration of the holiday.
Since there are many legal intricacies involved in this sale, a rabbi acts as our agent both to sell the chametz to the non-Jew on the the morning before Passover (this year since Passover falls on Saturday night it must be done before the end of Friday, March 26), and also to buy it back the evening after Passover ends.
Jewish law requires that your chametz be sold by the specified deadline for the location in which the owner will be on the day before Passover.
One may eat chametz until two seasonal hours before midday on the day before Passover—this year, March 27, 2021.
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Gematria For Beginners: The Art and Science Behind Jewish Numerology
Most languages simply evolve and emerge. Not Hebrew. The twenty-two letters each represent energetic creative forces that maintain the existence of the world. Quite an undertaking for a simple language. That being the case, Hebrew began at the dawn of time. Adam, first person, sees a tree. He names it as eitz, which, not surprisingly, is Hebrew for 'tree'. But how did he know? Because being a humanoid creature of immense spiritual prowess, he recognised that the two primary forces that infuse a tree with its shape and content are energies of the letter ayin and the letter tzaddik – hence, the word eitz (which is how these two letters together with the under-vowel are pronounced.
Hebrew is the most ancient of languages, and many a philologist has pointed out that it has entered into the lexicon of many international languages, even English. For example: the Hebrew word Eretz,(earth; land) has the dominant syllabic opening sound of 'ehr' hence Earth, or German 'Erde', or Swedish 'Yeohrde'. And this is far from an isolated example.
That is not to say that the Jewish people, during their 3500 year history, didn't speak colloquial Hebrew dialect languages, such as Aramaic (based on Hebrew) or Yiddish, a Germanic-Hebraic amalgam using Hebrew characters. But Hebrew has always been the base language of the Jewish people.
Since this week is designated by UNESCO as the week of 'mother languages', let's celebrate our language – 'the holy tongue' – Hebrew, and investigate it.
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel: 'Sue teachers who don't get vaccinated
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, leading Religious Zionist rabbi, calls on parents 'not to be silent.': Our children's right to health is more important than the 'personal rights' of teachers to infect our children and endanger their lives, G-d forbid.
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, a leading Religious Zionist rabbi and formerly municipal rabbi of Ramat Gan and the head of a Jewish court for monetary issues, called on parents to sue teachers who infect children with coronavirus, and prevent such teachers from entering schools - without providing them with monetary compensation for remaining at home.
According to Israel Hayom, Rabbi Ariel responded to a question sent to him via the Yeshiva websites, regarding a class of students who contracted coronavirus from an unvaccinated teacher. As a result, the entire class was required to quarantine for two weeks, including over the Purim holiday. After providing this background, the questioner inquired whether it is permissible to sue the teacher and demand compensation.
"Yes," Rabbi Ariel wrote. "The teacher falls under the law regarding one who is 'pursuing' another (although he does not have to be put to death, G-d forbid), and you should demand compensation from him, under the laws of 'shevet,' distress, and perhaps more."
"Shevet" is one of five payments made by a perpetrator to an injured party under Jewish law, and it aims to compensate the victim for the losses caused to him during the time he was unable to work.
"Therefore, someone who puts someone else into a closed place must compensate him for this," Rabbi Ariel wrote. "Usually the payment is for the loss of work days, but the loss of school days and being removed from friends and family, especially during Purim, are serious losses, and the court will need to assess them."
"That teacher cannot protect himself by saying that he did not do anything, and that he did not intend this," Rabbi Ariel stressed. "He sinned when he did not get vaccinated on time (teachers were given priority appointments for vaccination). He knew that this is an infectious plague, and by entering the classroom, he did something very serious."
"With this, I call on parents not to keep silent. Our children's right to health is more important than the 'personal rights' of teachers to infect our children and endanger their lives, G-d forbid. Teachers who infect [students] should be tried, and such teachers should be prevented from entering schools, without compensating them for that."
On Tuesday morning, Galei Zahal reported that an unvaccinated substitute preschool teacher in Ramat Hasharon infected 16 children in her class and one staff member, forcing the preschool to close.
Haredim accuse airline of anti-Semitism after being kicked off flight
Nearly two dozen Orthodox Jewish passengers, including an extended family, forced off of plane. 'Flight crew celebrated afterward'.
Frontier Airlines is facing accusations of anti-Semitism after videos circulated online of the airline kicking a Hasidic family off a plane because of violations over its mask requirements.
The family claims that its members were properly masked on the Sunday night flight from Miami to New York City, except for an 18-month-old baby, according to videos posted by OJPAC, an Orthodox Jewish advocacy group.
Others who said they were on the flight recalled watching some people high-five after the family left the plane.
The airline says the baby was not the issue that prompted the eviction, and that adults in the group that was removed from the plane were not wearing masks.
The Anti-Defamation League's New York-New Jersey office called for a "full & transparent investigation" of the incident.
Although what caused the eviction is unclear, videos posted by OJPAC show several Hasidic Jews standing in the aisle, all wearing masks. Multiple people say in the videos that the only unmasked passenger is the baby. In one video, a Hasidic woman says that kids briefly took off their masks to have a snack.
In another video posted by OJPAC, people said the airline staff high-fived after deplaning the family.
"I saw them high-fiving each other, and high-fiving and saying 'A job well done to those Jews,'" one man said.
Frontier wrote on Twitter that the family did not comply with instructions from flight attendants.
"Members of a large group, including adults, refused to wear masks as flight 2878 was preparing for departure from MIA-LGA," the airline tweeted. "Repeated requests to comply with federal law necessitated their removal from the flight. The issue did not stem from a child under 2."
A passenger told Hamodia, a haredi Orthodox publication, that 15 police officers responded to the incident. According to Hamodia, the flight was canceled eventually due to the incident.
Frontier Airlines Flight - Miami to LGA Deplaned After 15-Month-Old Jewish Infant Did Not Wear Mask