Jewish Holidays

Burning your Chametz

February 25, 2014, by

1 – Burn only what you collect during Bedikat Chametz (not whole boxes of cereal). Do not burn plastic/aluminum foil. 2 – Never allow children near the fire. 3 – Wear gloves 4 – Try to burn inside a metal can (a garbage can) 5 – Do not burn on your lawn or near/in the […]

Keeping Up with the Joneses and Eating Matzah

February 25, 2014, by

I’ve been trying to locate the Joneses. I know they live in our communities, somewhere, and they are causing much grief. Individuals have confided in me, of late, that they are under enormous pressure to keep up with the Joneses. People are remodeling their kitchens, buying expensive cars, hosting fancy smachot – and falling into […]

The Fifteen Steps – The Hidden One, Praise and Acceptance

February 18, 2014, by

In this Section, the Afikoman (the “Tzafun,” or Hidden One) will re-appear, Grace After the Meals is said, the Second Part of Hallel, oriented towards the future, will be sung, and the Seder will be concluded and (we hope) accepted by G-d. The specific steps are: 12. “Tzafun” 13. “Barech” 14. “Hallel” 15. “Nirtzah” They […]

A Review of the Seder of the Seder

February 18, 2014, by

As appeared in Torah Tidbits Kadeish Kiddush is said over the first of the Four Cups. Most people stand for Seder Kiddush (even if they usually sit for Kiddush). When saying SHE’HE’CHE’YANU, have in mind the Yom Tov and the mitzvot of matza, Haggada, and the 4 Cups. (Women who make their own Kiddush should […]

Hakarat Hatov

March 22, 2013, by

 “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart  Last year, not long before Passover was to begin and my thoughts were already on the coming Seders and great drama we would be observing, I happened to be just outside a building when I observed the following small […]

OU Kosher Pre-Pesach Webcast 5773 (2013)

March 14, 2013, by

Download the Audio In this extra-special VIDEO, OU Kashruth’s Senior Poskim, Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, provide practical guidance for the Seder and for Pesach preparations. Tune in as they address such questions as: Is quinoa Kitnios? Must I check […]