Sim Shalom Online Synagogue Offers a Promise Not to Eat Chametz (Bread Products) for Passover form

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Rabbi Steve Blane has envisioned a modern way of committing to not eating of Chametz on Passover

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In signing the form individuals "make their commitments in solidarity with traditional Jewish practice and history."

In honor of the traditional Passover custom of "selling" one's chametz in order to rid your home of any leftover bread products Rabbi Steve Blane has created a newly envisioned contract for the modern Jew. You can access the form on the Sim Shalom Facebook page here.

People who sign the form promise not to eat chametz, keep any in their homes, and do their best to avoid having contact with anything that may have chametz on it - like dishes and silverware - opting instead for paper products. In signing the form individuals "make their commitments in solidarity with traditional Jewish practice and history."

Chametz (also spelled "hametz" or "chometz") is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and “rise.”

In practice, just about anything made from these grains—other than Passover matzah, which is carefully controlled to avoid leavening—is to be considered chametz. This includes flour (even before it is mixed with water1), cake, cookies, pasta, breads, and items that have chametz as an ingredient, like malt.

Rabbi Blane has an intuitive understanding of what is important for today's Jew simplifying traditions while maintaining their integrity.

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected. Rabbi Blane leads accessible and short Shabbat services every Friday night using a virtual interface and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, conversion and life-cycle ceremonies along with weeknight services at 7:00PM EST led by Rabbis and students of this online community.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute,, the online professional rabbinical program.

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization, nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community. For more information visit or call 201-338-0165.

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