Passover Begins Wednesday Evening

The week-long Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Wednesday evening, April 5. During the holiday, Jews eat matzah instead of bread, and eschew eating leavened food products of any kind. Traditionally, Jews avoid owning or deriving benefit from leavened products during this time. One way to do this is to sell these items to a non-Jew for the duration of the Passover holiday. In the above photo, Joel Kress, right, purchases all leavened food with a down payment of one dollar from Rabbi Jack Shlachter; the rabbi is serving as the agent for several Jewish community members in town. The sale of these items took place with a written contract (in Hebrew and in English translation), and two witnesses, at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. At the end of the holiday, Dr. Kress has the option to resell the food to the Jewish community. Courtesy photo