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Maot Chittin – Wheat for Passover, but what does that mean?

As Passover approaches, it is important to remember the mitzvah of Maot Chittin, which involves giving money to support those in need during the holiday.

Maot Chittin, which literally means "wheat money," is a tradition that dates back to the time of the Talmud. It is a custom to donate money to help needy families purchase the necessary provisions for the Passover holiday. This includes matzah, wine, and other kosher-for-Passover foods.

I would like to share two ways you can fulfill the Mitzvah of Maot Chittin this year. The first is our annual fill the pantry program for JFSA. MKT will have a donation box in the rotunda to drop off food donations or you can purchase directly from our Passover Amazon Wishlist. The items will be shipped directly to MKT and we will collect and send to JFSA. The Amazon Wishlist can be found at

The second is to donate money specifically for Aishel Avraham. It is a program here in Las Vegas that I have talked about before. Each week they deliver non-perishable food like chicken, eggs, milk, challah, vegetables, grape juice and more to over eighty Jewish families in town. Each week I help deliver some of the packages to several families.

Normally it cost about $40 a week to feed each family. For Passover the cost is even higher. If you would like to donate to Aishel Avraham you can donate directly at They have a special Passover campaign going on right now.

As we prepare for Passover, let us remember the importance of Maot Chittin and strive to help those in need in our community. By giving generously and offering support to those around us, we can help to create a more just and compassionate world.

Wishing everyone a Chag Kasher V’Samayach.

Rabbi Tecktiel


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