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Causes of Tum’a – Part I
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ANIMALS Wash your hands with a cup, using the One-Time Method, after touching any animal. REASON: Due to the dirt (which may carry tum’a due to fecal matter and other impure substances) assumed to be on the animal. BATHROOM Music in the Bathroom You should not listen to Jewish music containing lines from the Torah (psukim) while you […]
Taking Non-Chewable Tablets for Diabetes During Pesach
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I am an adult diabetic. May I take a non-chewable tablet for my diabetes during Pesach? (A Subscriber’s Question) As an introductory comment, one should exercise extreme caution and consult with a doctor and rabbi before considering any changes in medication for Pesach. Known and tested medications in the form of non-chewable and non-candy coated pills […]
Why Must Cheese be Certified Kosher for Passover?
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Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 442:5) writes that cheese that was made with wheat vinegar must be destroyed before Pesach. Mishnah Berurah explains that this is true, even if the vinegar is less than one part in sixty and does not give any taste to the cheese. Since the vinegar helps form the cheese (maamid), the […]
Sefira and the View of the Arizal
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1. According to the Arizal, haircuts are not allowed from Pesach until Erev Shavuos. It is even prohibited to do so on Lag B’Omer. (Kaf Hachaim 493:13) 2. The Minchas Elazar of Munkatch writes that weddings are permitted according to the Arizal on Lag B’Omer itself. He explains that the Arizal forbade haircuts even on […]
The Author of the Haggada
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The source and authorship of the Pesach hagadda is a subject which is both intriguing and mysterious, with no clear answers. In fact, it is a book which has evolved from its original form over time, and continues to do so. Indeed, one will readily notice that there are a multitude of different editions of […]
Is Baker’s Yeast Chametz?
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The se’or prohibited by the Torah does not refer to baker’s yeast. Se’or is sourdough, which is made by allowing raw dough to become moldy and capable of leavening future dough. Baker’s yeast, however, is a microorganism propagated on various media, typically, in its final production stage, on molasses. It can be sold before Pesach […]