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The Haggadah

June 29, 2006, by

What is the Haggadah? The Haggadah is the text which is used for the Seder, and which has been used for at least a thousand years, though its elements are clearly mentioned in the Talmud, and the Seder itself goes back to the first Pesach, celebrated in Egypt. Who was its author? The actual author […]

Glossary of Common Passover Terms

June 29, 2006, by

1. Chametz: Fermented or leavened wheat, rye, oats, spelt and barley. When these grains come in contact with water, they leaven within 18 minutes. In the case of hot or salted water, leavening takes place instantly. Chametz may not be consumed either by eating or drinking, and may not be held in one’s possession, nor […]

Matzah – The Main Symbol

June 29, 2006, by

The main symbol of “Pesach,” or Passover, is the Matzah. It is actually a double symbol. It is called “lechem oni,” or in Aramaic, “lachma anya, but this expression has been interpreted by the Talmud in two very different ways. One is that it means “poor man’s bread,” called that because it is the only […]

About Work Restrictions

June 29, 2006, by

All Jewish holidays and observances, with the exception of some fasts, begin on the evening previous to the first day. Except as noted, all require special additional prayers and services are held in the Synagogue. All Jewish Holidays with Sabbath-like restrictions require that all normal business, school or secular activities cease about two hours before […]

Seder Table Checklist

June 29, 2006, by

1. Three Matzot (covered) The Matzot can either be part of the Seder Plate (if the plate is so constructed) or left separately. Also, they should be whole. 2. Haggadah 3. Wine 4. Seder Plate 5. Kiddush cup (at least 3.3 oz.) 6. Saucer (for spilling wine when plagues are mentioned.) 7. Extra Matzah (covered-optional; […]

Foods Which May Not Be Used On Passover

June 29, 2006, by

The OU emblem is the registered trademark (U.S. Patent #636,593 and #1,087,891) of the Kashruth Division of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. It may be used only by authority of the Orthodox Union Kashruth Division. This guide is a list of certified kosher products for use for Passover, is published annually and […]

The “Seder”

June 29, 2006, by

The Seder is a ritual banquet which reenacts the Exodus, conducted on both the first and second evenings of Passover. Its major feature is the reading of the Haggadah, which relates, in detail, the events of the Exodus of the Jewish people from ancient Egypt, complete with symbolic reenactments using Kosher wine, specially prepared Matzah, […]

When Do Passover Dietary Laws End?

June 29, 2006, by

All Passover Dietary Laws remain in effect until nightfall of the eighth day of Passover. Chametz which was in the possession or jurisdiction of a Jew during Passover, in violation of Jewish law, is forbidden for consumption by any Jew even after Passover. What Other Restrictions Are Applicable On Passover? Sabbath-like restrictions on work and […]

What is “Matzoh” or “Matzah”?

June 29, 2006, by

Matzah is a crisp, flat, unleavened bread, made of flour and water, which must be baked before the dough has had time to rise. It is the only type of “bread” which Jews may eat during Passover, and it must be made specifically for Passover use, under rabbinical supervision. Eating Matzah on Passover commemorates the […]

How Do I Prepare for Passover

June 29, 2006, by

What Special Preparations Must Be Made In The Jewish Home For Passover? The home must be thoroughly cleaned of all Chametz before Passover. Any Chametz not removed from a Jew’s premises before Passover should be sold. Jewish law forbids the use of any Chametz which remains in a Jew’s possession during Passover, even after the […]