Holidays

The Four Questions

June 29, 2006, by

The Baal HaHaggadah records four questions, which are to be asked by the youngest person present at the Seder capable of doing so, to the person who is conducting the Seder, whose duty it then is to respond. Fortunately, the Haggadah itself provides a broad array of answers, understandable on many levels, from the level […]

The Number “Four”

June 29, 2006, by

One of the fascinating and suggestive features of the Haggadah is the prominence of the number “Four,” which appears in connection with the following elements of the Haggadah: The Four Cups of Wine The Four Questions The Four Sons The Four Expressions of Redemption Why the number “Four” is given this prominence, and what its […]

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; […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]