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Passover in Bergen Belsen 1944 : Prayer for Eating Chametz.

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This handwritten “Chametz on Passover Prayer” from Bergen Belsen Passover 1944 was  probably written by Rabbi Aharon Bernard Davids, leader of the Dutch community of Rotterdam in Holland, and by Rabbi Simon Dasberg of Gronigen Holland. Their communities had been interned first in the Westerbork Holland transit camp and sent to Bergen Belsen concentration camp.


Before eating Chametz say the following with intent & devotion:

Our Father in Heaven! It is known to You that we desire to fulfill Your will and observe the Passover holiday by eating Matzah and safeguarding against Chametz. But our hearts are pained at the captivity which prevents us, and we find ourselves in danger of our lives.

We are hereby ready to fulfill Your commandments “And you shall live by them (the commandments)” and not die by them, and to observe the caution of “guard yourself and watch your soul/life very much.” Therefore our prayer to You is that You keep us alive, and sustain us, and redeem us speedily, so that we may observe Your laws and fulfill Your will and serve You with a full heart. Amen!


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