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I am a Jew of Spanish Morrocan ancestry - my father always told me that Moroccons and actal Spanish Jews never ate kitniyot including rice itself unless they were fresh and green - the reason -Spain was close to Ashkenaz and the gzeira of kitniyot crossed the border and true Sepharadic Jews (Spanish as opposed to Jews of Arab lands) accepted the gzeira, as ...


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The seventh day of Pesah is associated in rabbinic literature with the splitting of the sea (for example, Rashi on Exodus 14:5 s.v. vayyuggad lemelekh mitzrayim writes that "on the fifth and sixth days they chased after them, and the night of the seventh they entered the sea, and in the morning uttered song, namely the seventh day of Pesah, and thus we sing ...


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Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Katz in a sefer called Haggadah KeHalachah (p. 282) explains that all the questions are answered in the first paragraph, as subsequently expounded in the Haggadah. ויוציאנו ה' משם - G-d took us out from there, which was in a way that there was no time for the dough to rise, so we only eat Matzah. עבדים היינו - We were slaves, and the ...


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Curious about Kitniyot? While we don’t know exactly when this minhag began, one of the earliest sources to mention the custom is the Sefer Mitzvot Katan, written by Rabbi Yitzchak of Courville (France, 1210-1280). Rabbi Yitzchak writes that some communities have the custom of not eating kitniyot during Pesach, even though these items are clearly ...


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It is not the case that a ruling in the Talmud will always overcome any possible custom developed later. In Talmudic times, there was no customary prohibition of kitniyot. Rav Huna, in the quote, is giving an example of what may be used as the two cooked dishes, even though of course other simple dishes would be fine as well. And he specifies orez (which ...


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"Kol Hamarbeh Lisapir Byitziyas MitzRayim Haray Zeh Mishoebach" means that when extending the time past the end of the zman, one is to be praised even though one is no longer fulfilling the mitzvah. Note that the story has Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah continuing to speak of Yetzias Mitzraim past chatzos even though he held that the seder had to end at chatzos. ...


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All does not mean ALL. There are other exceptions apart from women like a student by his teacher. It means all who are supposed to lean. They lean and dont sit.


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On the 14th, during the desert and temple times, there was a "paschal offering to God" on the 14th and the holiday began soon after. For a chronology which explains how the time in Egypt for recognizing God's dominion began on the 10th of the month, check out Exodus 12:3 through 12:11. The sacrifice, timed by God in Exodus to coincide with the plague on the ...


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The classic answer to your question is a Rashi in Shemos 12:15 For seven days you shall eat unleavened cakes-: But elsewhere it says: “For six days you shall eat unleavened cakes” (Deut. 16:8). This teaches us regarding the seventh day of Passover, that it is not obligatory to eat matzah, as long as one does not eat chametz. How do we know that ...


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It seems that one would say the summer תן ברכה, because we have already said תפילת טל and stopped saying משיב הרוח. At least, that's what my father (a rabbi) says. In most people's versions of the ninth benediction, only a few words change in the middle depending on the season: the beginning of the benediction is constant. Not in Nusach Eidot ...


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The Maharal in Gevuros Hashem Ch. 52 suggests two answers to this question: First answer: דודאי התשובה הוא בסוף המאמר שמשיב על פסח מצה ומרור כאשר מגיע לשם... וכן על שאנו מסובין משיב בכל דור ודור חייב אדם לראות את עצמו כאלו הוא יצא ממצרים וכו' ומפני שיראה עצמו כאילו יצא ממצרים יש לעשות הסבה The answer is at the end in the description of the Pesach ...


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It depends on the source of the yeast. Yeast itself is NOT chametz (it wasn't even known when chametz was "invented"). Indeed the only thing that is chametz is Se'or - that is essentially sourdough - made from one of the five grains. Although the word is used to mean sourdough, the law is that se'or is when one of the five grains has been in water for 18 ...


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Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch (as well as others) point out that this was the first time locusts had reached Egypt. If they were not eradicated before they managed to lay their eggs, it would become a permanent and recurring plague. This would be the death of Egyypt because it would destroy all future agriculture. This was not a temporary plague that would ...


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Every year I pick one Hagadda to go through and underline certain highlights that I plan to mention at the seder, and I use that Hagadda at the Seder. Usually I pick this Hagadda based on a long list of recommendations, or else based on a experience with other writings of a given Hagadda author. I have a bunch of copies of the Artscroll Children's ...


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From Biblical law, you stop eating bread products at mid-day preceding the seder. Rabbinical law extends the prohibition an extra hour before that to distance from the Biblical prohibition, and a further hour due to the possibility of confusion. Rambam laws of chometz ch. 1 Halacha 8-9


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The precise time depends on exactly where you are. For example, the times for Glencoe Illinois for tomorrow are (courtesy of the chabad.org web site) Finish Eating Chametz before: 10:38 AM Sell and Burn Chametz before: 11:44 AM go to the site and change the location to your zip code for relevant times. ...


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Based on 45+ years of marriage, I can assure you that whatever you say to your wife (other than the two most important words in a marriage) would probably not help. Rabbi Moshe Heinemann in his pre-pesach shiurim will emphasize that you do not have to go overboard (and the women do not accept that). Rabbi Avigdor Miller in his tapes on the subject tries to ...


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Aish.com’s article on Passover Cleaning Made Easy says in part: I'd like to not only make Passover cleaning a little easier, but above all to change the attitude once and for all to stop being frightened. Passover is not a monster. It's the most beautiful time of the year. One crumb of edible chametz cannot remain in your house and you've got ...


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Matzah represents alacrity combined with diligence . Both are required in Servitude or Freedom Acquiring these as enduring characters are one of the tools we can instill in ourselves & our families on Seder nights


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Halacha Yomi Both [the egg and the zeroa] should be cooked or roasted before the commencement of Yom Tov. If one forgot, or the fourteenth of Nissan fell on Shabbos, one may roast or cook them at night (after Yom Tov has begun) (5). One must, however, eat them on the first day of the festival. Similarly, on the second [Seder] night, one should ...


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One may not reuse the Zeroa if it was cooked on Yom Tov since it is forbidden to cook on one day of a festival in order to eat the food on the second day or on a weekday. The Zeroa should be eaten by day since we do not eat roasted meat on the nights of Pesach. However if it was cooked prior to Yom Tov to the best of my knowledge there is no issue using the ...


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Along the lines of something the Maharal explains in Ch. 36 of Gevuros Hashem - The Maharal explains at length how many aspects of halachos of Pesach are meant to demonstrate the oneness and unity of Hashem. He discusses the idea of disparate elements coming together to form one unit: וצוה לאכול הפםח על מצות ומרורים להורות כי מאתו שהוא אחד יבאו ...


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I heard from Rabbi Yosef Fox the following: Perhaps the idea is to contrast the ideas of slavery and freedom, they are relatives. Through the side by side contrast emerges a greater understanding of what slavery is (under the whims and emotions of man) and what freedom is (under the system of mitzvoth that guide a person to a life of חכמה which is true ...


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I checked with my LOR tonight about the tea urn and he said that while it would be good if no chametz has touched it during the year (and it was kept away from where there is chametz), it would be better to have a different urn for Pesach. The main reason is that it is quite easy for chametz to have gotten on the urn sometime during the year. I asked my LOR ...


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Given the proliferation of published commentaries on the Haggada these days, I'm sure there are an abundance of answers to this question. The two most famous answers, though, come from earlier commentaries. The first from Abarbanel, who asks this in connection to what "לחם עוני" means. What is "poor bread"? Answering that "poor" refers to the composition of ...


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Here's an interesting perspective from Chabad.org: ... the poor person’s lack of possessions allows him a type of freedom from the burden of the physical world. True, his independence comes at a price that few of us would be willing to pay; still, conceptually he represents autonomy, and stands in stark contrast to the slave, who is completely tied to ...


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"Shabbatot and yomim tovim were given just for the study of Torah" (Talmud Yerushalmi Shabbos 15:3 hence it is a kind of vacation/sabbatical for torah study. one day would not be much of a vacation. see here http://www.torahweb.org/torah/2006/parsha/rtwe_emor.html


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The Rambam in the Moreh Nevuchim says: “As that great revelation took place only on one day, so we keep its anniversary only one day; but if the eating of unleavened bread on Passover were only commanded for one day, we would not have noticed it, and its object would not have been manifest. For it frequently happens that we take the same kind of food for ...


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Dipping can be associated with the splitting of the sea (in Hallel), while reclining can be associated with the four cups of wine.


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The first two questions (assuming that we consider the 1st question to be the one about matzah, and the 2nd about maror) are answered quite directly just after the "Rabban Gamliel" section/ It explains why we eat matzah; another paragraph why we eat marror. Offhand, I don't know where the hagadah answers directly the last 2 questions about dipping & ...


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I'll deal with one potential aspect of your question, and hopefully others will be able to add more: to what extent are the questions in Mah Nishtanah answered within the text of Mah Nishtanah itself? This issue is discussed at length by Prof. Richard C. Steiner of Yeshiva University, in an article titled, "On the Original Structure and Meaning of Mah ...


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I saw that Rabbi Abadi said you may buy eggs on Pesach.


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You could try to construe something odd and theoretical in which the question would come up [e.g. you have a commercial bakery in the middle of nowhere], but practically in the case you describe -- you could build a 20-foot brick wall surrounding your pizza store, but it's in a Jewish neighborhood (as kosher restaurants are), so there will be the smells, ...


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Aruch Hashulchan 496:5 says that it is forbidden for a Ben Eretz Yisrael to eat Chometz in Chutz L'Aretz on Acharon Shel Pesach. ויש מי שאומר דבן ארץ ישראל הבא לחוץ לארץ – אסור לו לאכול חמץ באחרון של פסח בכל עניין, אפילו דעתו לחזור. ונכון הוא, דזה גריע ממלאכה.‏


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The question has been edited to specify that this refers only to the Chametz problem alone. As a result, I have deleted most of my answer. I checked with my LOR (who is a rav at Ner Israel in Baltimore) and he said that the accepted general halacha is that an Israeli in chutz la'aretz for Pesach is not allowed to buy back chametz until after all eight days ...


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The main point is that one is not allowed to cook for a gentile on Yom Tov. As a result, one should not invite a guest. A maid or waiter can be served because they will not expect extra food to be cooked for them. Halachos Series on Hilchos Shabbos May one invite a gentile on Yom Tov to eat at the Yom Tov table? There definitely is a serious ...


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Rabbi Avraham Yosef says it is permitted L'chatchila to buy eggs on Pesach.


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The Rabanut in Israel has come out saying that it is not kitnyiot. Source: http://tinyurl.com/ltsgkoz It also should be noted that Rabbi Moshe Feinstein z"l says that foodstuffs that were not known at the time of the development of the custom of kitnyiot cannot become kitnyiot (Iggerot Moshe, Orach Chaim 3:63) and since Canola Oil was developed in the ...


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Matzah made with other liquids besides (instead of) water are called "matzah ashira" enriched matzahs. While some object to them because they undercut the "lechem oni" bread of affliction that water/flour matzot represent, there are other concerns regarding whether they create an environment for fermentation. Here is one treatment of the argument with the ...


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This text was written when the Temple stood and people were eating sacrifices. In fact, all sacrificial bread (other than a few from the Thanksgiving offering) were non-leavened, year-round. Furthermore, on any other run-of-the-mill night of the year you'd see Jews in Jerusalem eating a Thanksgiving sacrifice, and along with it some leavened bread, and some ...


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The sefer Binyan Ariel here writes: According to what would appear to be the simple understanding of this stanza - that on all other nights we can eat either chametz or matzah, whichever our heart desires - it should have written “we eat either chametz or matzah”, like it wrote in the last stanza “we eat either sitting or ...


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There is no definitive answer. Some links permitting and some forbidding and some equivocating. It's hard to say either side should be viewed as violating halacha.


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CANOLA OIL from the Orthodox Union. Canola oil, which is a form of rapeseed oil, should be considered kitniyot. The Star-K (Baltimore Va'ad Hakashrus also lists Canola Oil in its list of Kitniyos CRC goes into the details as to why rapeseed oil (Canola oil) is considered kitniyos (based on Maharsham I:183 that it was used in Europe). Note that the CRC ...


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Hilchos Pesach: Going Away, Bedikah at Hotel quoted Rabbi Blumenkrantz in 2010 (which is why the specific date was mentioned). Note that the Shulchan Aruch (Siman 436) and Chayei Adam explain that if one is taking a trip and will be away for Pesach, one should do bedikah at home without a bracha before leaving (within 30 days of Pesach). If one will not ...


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Does this mean that I need to be completely finished with kashering my home, and have all chametz out by 12:12PM? You need to be finished kashering by Noon, which will be about an hour after you have to be done with burning your Chametz. You need to have all chametz sold or destroyed by 12:12PM. If I were to encounter chametz that was not seen ...


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The Chayei Adam Klal 119, Seif 11 says that if one has performed the bedikah on the night of the 13th in the proper manner, he has performed it bediavad (בדיעבד עלתה לו בדיקה) However, it is in any event proper to go back and check a single room on the night of the 14th according to the basic takkana of the rabbis (my translation). The Chayei Adam says that ...


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As explained in guides such as the OU guide and the shulchan Aruch (Siman 434) and Chayei Adam Klal 119 Seif 29, if you find chametz after the time, it should be destroyed immediately. If it is found on Yom Tov, then it is to be covered (because it is muktzah) and destroyed immediately after Yom Tov. I am not sure what you mean by 'kashering your home' as ...


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Chicago Rabbinical Council’s Guidelines to Kashering Counter tops and Stovetops for Pesach and Countertops while explaining what countertops need to be kashered and how they can be kashered, also imply why they need to be kashered. Many materials are porous or can develop cracks. Other materials develop a film that needs to be cleaned (and will have been ...


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The Rambam (Hilcos Chometz Umatza 8:2) refers to the leader of the seder as הקורא - the reader. ואחר כך עוקרין את השולחן, מלפני קורא ההגדה לבדו In fact, the Rambam even has the leader of the seder read the Ma Nishtana: וכאן הבן שואל ואומר הקורא, מה נשתנה הלילה הזה מכל הלילות וכו This implies that the leader of the seder reads everything according ...


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There were briefly those who'd heard of this thing called coffee -- it's a "bean", you grind it -- who wondered if it were kitniyot. This was quickly rejected, I don't recall who it was who'd said "if you ever saw a coffee plant, you'd understand why it's not kitniyos." Very simply -- all kitniyos, like the 5 grains, are annuals. Coffee and chocolate are ...



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