Chag HaMatzot / The Feast of Unleavened Bread
“Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the L-RD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.”
Sh’mot (Exodus) 12:14,15,18
“You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread as I commanded you at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in the month of Aviv you came out of Egypt.”
Sh’mot (Exodus) 34:18
The Feast of Unleavened Bread will start on the evening of April 5, and run through the evening of April 13. During this time all items that contain leaven will be removed from the premises of Baruch HaShem. For that reason, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread we will not be serving Challah, and ask that you limit any food you bring into the building to food that does not contain leaven. Common foods that MAY contain leaven include bagels, bread, breaded chicken/fish sticks, cake, cereal, cookies, crackers, pies, and pizza. Click here to learn more about this feast.
*NOTE: Because we are in the Diaspora, BHS observes 8 days of unleavened bread in solidarity with the surrounding Jewish community. Click here for a more detailed explanation regarding observing an extra day of holidays in the Diaspora.