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Jewish Holidays

Passover in Paris

March 19, 2009, by

During our years in France, my husband and I had the opportunity to explore French Jewish cuisine and to attend Parisian Passover Seders. Most of the Jews in France are either of North African or Ashkenazi origin, and the taste of both groups was apparent in our holiday fare. Although tradition dictates much of the […]

Make Ahead Dishes for Passover

March 19, 2009, by

So much to cook. So little time. This year the first night of Passover is April 8th, a Wednesday. Add a second Seder and Shabbat and we have to prepare meals for three holiday days in a row. If you work outside the home or have small children to care for or you’re just plain […]

Macaroons for Passover

March 19, 2009, by

In the weeks before Passover, which begins this year at sundown on April 8th, I start to think about getting my home ready for the holiday and about the first Seder. Who will come? Because of space considerations and growing families it is my husband’s side one year, my side the next. What will I […]

Taking the Magic Back

March 19, 2009, by

When springtime comes I begin scowling at the insides of closets and the undersides of beds. “Pesach is coming,” I mutter to myself and sigh. “Pesach is coming,” I repeat, “and I have more work than one human being could possibly do.” Then I sigh again, theatrically. I don’t even notice my son, listening, until […]

Va’yeda Elokim – What did God Know?

March 19, 2009, by

Based on a commentary in the new Haggadah, The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, with the commentary of “the Rav”, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik . Compiled by Rabbi Simon Posner. For the Rav, one of the themes that resonates throughout the Haggadah is the eternal spark of holiness in the Jewish soul that is never extinguished […]

Make Your Sheep Count!

April 17, 2008, by

What is unique about sheep? They play a prominent role in the Pesach story and its commemorative commandments. Starting back in Egypt, G-d tells Moshe that each Jewish family should take a sheep and keep it in their care for four days before offering it as a sacrifice on the night of the Exodus. The […]

Seating Ancient and New at the Same Table

April 16, 2008, by

Passover is the most observed Jewish holiday of the year. Even those who never step inside a synagogue pull out all the stops for this one. With our celebratory meal, the Seder, we retell the 3500-year-old story of our ancestors’ flight to freedom from the land of Egypt. And everything on the table is laden […]

A Busy Day of Rest

April 9, 2008, by

This year (5768), Erev Pesach falls on Shabbos. How do we address the unique needs of both special days? Tune in to Rabbi Eli Gersten, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU halachic policies, and hear a lucid, thorough, and systematic examination of the issues. Among the topics addressed are: Siyyum Bechoros; […]

Practical Issues in Hilchos Pesach

Rav Yisroel Belsky Rav Hershel Schachter Senior Halachic Consultants, OU Kashruth In this extra-special video, the Orthodox Union’s prominent Poskim, Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah V’Da’as, and Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, focus on issues of practical halacha related to Pesach. Topics include: Erev Pesach that falls […]

Why is This Shabbos Different from All Other Shabbosos?

March 25, 2008, by

Erev Pesach is always a busy day. Imagine combining it with Shabbos! In 2005, at an OU-RCA Pesach conference, Rabbi Menachem Genack, Rabbinic Administrator and CEO of OU Kashruth, tackled the subject from the perspective of the Rishonim (early Talmudic commentators), also citing his great mentor, the Rav – Rabbi Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik, Zatzal. […]

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