Documentary Photographer Felix Lupa is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. These images are from his project ‘Hametz‘. To see Felix’s body of work click on any image.
Ḥametz are leavened foods that are forbidden on the Jewish holiday of Passover. According to Jewish law, Jews may not own, eat or benefit from Hametz during Passover. This law appears several times in the Torah; the punishment for eating Hametz on Passover is the divine punishment of kareth (“spiritual excision”), one of the severest levels of punishment in Judaism. For non-Jews, this punishment would be understood as the equivalent of eternal damnation.
Hametz is a product that is both made from one of five types of grain and has been combined with water and left to stand raw for longer than eighteen minutes and becomes leaven.
Burning the Hametz
Take the bag with Hametz from last night’s search, plus any other leftover Hametz that you’re not going to sell, make a fire, and burn it. As you watch the Hametz go up in smoke, think also about our personal Hametz — the self-inflating pride and egotism that impede our relationships with our Creator, our loved ones, and our fellows — and about how you’re eradicating it, too, from your heart.
The deadline for chametz removal is one “seasonal hour” before midday.
By Felix Lupa