volunteers were in charge of the “Kimcha
de Pischa” deed, literally “Pesach
Flour”: Eliezer Boros, blessed his memory, Aharon
Sabah, blessed his memory, and myself.
Immediately after Purim and up until the eve of Pesach, we were
busy with our donation campaign. The day before our campaign,
one of us would go around visiting shopkeepers and informing them
of our next visit:” Tomorrow the Rav will come to visit
you for Kimcha de Pischa.”
had three lists of donors : the first one with important shopkeepers,
the second and third ones including people of lesser means.
we were going around donations were getting smaller but always
given with good will and many apologies of not being able to give
never asked from any donor to increase his contribution, knowing
that whoever gave, was doing it with good will and according to
Finally, some people did not wait for our visit to send us their
year, I was asked by the social service of the Jewish Casablanca
Community to make a special effort for families in need who did
not answer the criteria for help.
They offered to send me a list of those families for additional
help beside what they were already receiving. I agreed thinking
I would deal with few special cases.
When I received the list, it was a long one and
exceeding by far our means. I didn’t know what to do.
knowing where to find the money, I asked for advice. A few friends
advised me to turn to the “American Joint” for help.
went to their office. There, my blood ran cold : so many people
were waiting to speak to the Chairman. The Administrator let me
know the “Joint” did not have such a budget.
I decided to go and speak directly to the Chairman himself.
request reminded him of his father and of his own involvement
in Kimcha de Pischa from Purim to Pesach. He was deeply moved.
Immediately he phoned the Administrator asking for a stock list:
sugar, wine and matzos. His answer was: there is nothing left.
What about tea and coffee? I told him we already had a donor.
He gave me a check allowing me to purchase about a thousand liters
of wine and asked me to draw a list of our needs in sugar, matzos,
tea, coffee, oil and soap. He also asked me to give him a list
of our needs every year as long as he would be in charge.
year, I asked from our volunteers not to send home anybody empty
handed and the same tradition was kept for the next five years
until my aliya. Every year after my aliya, I never forgot to encourage
my friends Eliezer and Aharon to continue that tradition. They
did it up to their own aliya.
Kimcha de Pischa campaign began with my father who started it
in Meknes for the members of the Chevra Liviat Chen. Living in
Casablanca, I continued it on a bigger scale.
Everything started with the generosity of Rav Abraham Vaknine.
Each year, he gave 400 kilos of kosher wheat for “matzos
shemuros” for the Seder.
The Great Rabbi Shalom Messas was doing the same and we could
supply the whole community. It lasted up to 1973, year of my aliya.