Community Board Publicizes Rules for Passover Bread Burning

March 14, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BOROUGH PARK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty will extend full cooperation to insure the continuance of a tradition started 46 years ago by Rabbi Edgar Gluck of Community Board 12.

Rabbi Edgar Gluck, together with Alan Dubrow, chairman of Community Board 12, and Wolf Sender, district manager, met with officials from the sanitation, fire and police departments, along with community organizations, to devise a plan for the bread-burning cleanup.

Bread burning, which is part of the traditional Passover observance because eating of only unleavened bread is mandated during the holiday, will take place on Friday, April 6. All bread, or “chometz” (bread products, such as cake), must be burned by noon.

As in previous years, the sites for the supervised fires attended by volunteers of the Shomrim community patrol and the Hatzolah volunteer ambulance service in the Borough Park area will be published one week before Passover.

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Do not burn chometz enclosed in silver wrap.  Chometz should be put at the curb in plastic bags.  This will eliminate the necessity for retrieving and washing out garbage cans.  All fires for bread burning must be supervised by a mature, responsible adult.  Do not park cars near or on smoldering embers.

Hatzolah also advises that no paint thinners, aerosol cans, sprays lighter fluid or any other flammable liquids are to be used to ignite the fire.  These items have caused accidents and are extremely dangerous.

Water, fire extinguishers and or sand should be readily available at the site of the bread burning.

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