Shalom New, from left, helps his daughter, Mushka, 2, add Chametz to the fire along with his son, Mendel, 5, Moshe Pinson, and his son, Dovid, 4, at Rabbi Mendy Greenberg’s home in Bonita Springs on Wednesday. Passover began Wednesday at sundown. The cleansing of Chametz from Jewish homes involves the removal of food items that are made with grains, including rice and beans, and is part of the Jewish custom during Passover. Passover and the cleansing commemorate the exodus of Jews from Egypt after generations of slavery, but also represent the cleansing of negative spirituality from a person.

Photo by ERIK KELLAR, Daily News

Shalom New, from left, helps his daughter, Mushka, 2, add Chametz to the fire along with his son, Mendel, 5, Moshe Pinson, and his son, Dovid, 4, at Rabbi Mendy Greenberg’s home in Bonita Springs on Wednesday. Passover began Wednesday at sundown. The cleansing of Chametz from Jewish homes involves the removal of food items that are made with grains, including rice and beans, and is part of the Jewish custom during Passover. Passover and the cleansing commemorate the exodus of Jews from Egypt after generations of slavery, but also represent the cleansing of negative spirituality from a person.

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