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The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, occurs for 7 days in Israel or 8 days in diaspora in the Spring, and celebrates the Exodus from Egypt in ancient times.

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Baking matzah on tin foil

The poskim bring down (in OH 461) that there are people who bake matzah on a piece of paper. They all seem to say that you should not do it, but if you did the paper won't stop the heat from getting ...
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Rav Menashe Klein on 4 cups for Seder Night

This website quotes Rabbi Menasheh Klein author of Mishne Halachos. "Why did they establish 4 cups for Seder and not 5?...The Zohar in Parshat Shemini explains the Kohen may not enter the Holy ...
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If Using *Chamar Medinah* for Dalet Kosos, is an Alcoholic One Preferred?

As discussed previously, the Maharil ("father of Ashkenazic customs") says it's okay to use mead at the Seder if someone has no wine (or presumably is deathly allergic to it), and the Ramah ...
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Can non wine liquor be used for the four cups at Pesach [duplicate]

According to Halacha, can one use liquor/non wine alcohol for the four cups on Passover? Or no, is wine a requirement? Is it a Machloket amongst the poskim?
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Dayenu as a Question?

Someone mentioned there exists a haggadah where the dayenu's end with a question mark and each are understood to mean "would it have been enough?" as opposed to the traditional understanding ...
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Cleaning clothes before Passover?

Does one have to clean all their dirty clothes before Pesach (on the principle of being careful to washout all the chametz from their house)? What is the general Halakha for your clothing collections (...
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Birkat hamazon for chametz on Passover

On Passover, if a Jew consumes Chametz because they have to for Pikuach Nefesh, do they recite Birkat Hamazon afterwards? Of course this would be more than the minimum amount to be liable on Pesach, (...
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Making matzah at home

This is a follow-up question to 18 minute matzah cutoff (and see also Where does the notion that the *entire* matza process must be done in under 18 minutes come from?) I know this isn't the standard ...
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Passover obligations

https://www.sefaria.org/Pesachim.43b.2 Brings down women are obligated in matzah eating by Torah law due to the fact they are prohibited in chametz eating, are minors under bar/bat mitzvah age by ...
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Elijah's Presence

I do not have the source for this, but have heard that Elijah the Prophet attends every Brit Milah. In this lecture by Yosef Mizrachi, in the first 2 minutes he goes on to say that even after the Brit ...
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Raw pasta on Pesach

How can raw pasta be considered chametz on Pesach if it is not fit for consumption (אינו ראוי לאכילת כלב)?
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18 minute matzah cutoff

Having learned some of the sources for baking matzah (OH 453-461, more or less), I discovered something that surprised me. The time for how long it takes to (possibly) become chametz is given as a ...
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Remembering Queen Esther on Pesach

I came across this in the kitzur, about having a special food item on Pesach to remind us about the meals Queen Esther made. On the second day of Pesach, you should add an extra dish to the meal to ...
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Does anyone know the nusach for אפפוני חבלי מות that is sung in the movie Simon Magus?

I haven't seen the whole movie Simon Magus. It depicts 19th-century Poland. I saw a scene where a Pesach Seder is held. They're saying Hallel and I've never heard that melody for Psalm 116. They start ...
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In every generation they rise against us - WHO?

We read in the Hagaddah: וְהִיא שֶׁעָמְדָה לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ וְלָנוּ. שֶׁלֹּא אֶחָד בִּלְבָד עָמַד עָלֵינוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנוּ, אֶלָּא שֶׁבְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר עוֹמְדִים עָלֵינוּ לְכַלוֹתֵנוּ, וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ ...
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Link between Pesach and the lamb

What is the meaning of the lamb on Pesach? Is it seen as an offer or is it rather the traditional/prescribed meal?
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If Moshiach comes between the first and second Pesach, will we offer the second Pesach? [duplicate]

B"H The Gemara in Pesachim says that the first Pesach is pushed off (to the second) if most of the congregation is tmei meis, but on the second Pesach, or is done even in tumah. The question ...
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What greetings are appropriate on Pesach Sheni?

Are standard Passover greetings appropriate for Pesach Sheni? E.g. חג פסח שמח? Or just חג שמח because it's not Passover proper? I'm guessing "gut yontiff" would not be appropriate as it is ...
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Is Bourbon chometz gomur or tarovot chometz?

On first look bourbon - legally >50% corn, usually 70%+ - is a mix of corn and chometz whiskey, so should be a chometz mix, not chometz gomur. (Assuming that wheat and barley whiskey & beer are ...
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Why don't we lain the Makkos on Pesach?

There are several portions in the Torah that discuss Pesach, and we lain most (if not all) of them on Pesach, plus the actual story of Kriyas Yam Suf. Why don't we, in a similar vein, read the Makkos ...
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Source for a Pesach niggun

I heard a niggun for ma nishtana this year (my recording here) that goes "ma-a-a nish-ta-na ha-a-a-a-layla ha-la-ayla-a-a-ha-ze" that apparently might be from somewhere in Poland and was on ...
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Must people who live in Tel Aviv bring the Korban Pesach during Temple times?

Mishna Pessachim 9:1-2 says, based on Num. 9:10, that someone who is on a long journey may bring the Korban Pesach on the 14th of Iyar. Rambam in Hilchot Korban Pessach 5:8 rules that the distance of ...
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Why do we mention Sukkos in the Haftorah bracha on Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkos but not Pesach in the Haftorah bracha of Shabbos Chol HaMoed Pesach? [duplicate]

In the final bracha after reading the haftorah on Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkos we say "...v'al haniviim v'al yom haShabbos haZeh v'al Yom Chag HaSukkos HaZeh", whereas on Shabbos Chol HaMoed ...
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What is Chametz?

During Pesach and Chag Matztzoth, there are many beliefs of what needs to be removed during this time, and what chametz actually is. I.e., there’s the removal of just yeast, then there’s the removal ...
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Jews in Mitzrayim

Where were the Jews Sprirtually holding during the 210 years in Egypt . How we balance they kept their jewish names /language/clothing verses gd had to redeem them or they wouldn't be redeemed?
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Does Bitul Bshishim apply to Chametz?

You’ve heard of the Halacha that a meat item smaller than a sixtieth in a dairy product is considered nullified, right? Well does that apply to something chametz in an otherwise non-chametz product?
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What is the logic of "You shall not abhor an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in that land."

What is the logic of the reason given in Deut 23:8, "You shall not abhor an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in that land." How does the Israelites living for a while as welcome (and then ...
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Using a public coffee grinder for pessach? [closed]

I'd love to buy some black whole bean coffee which as I understand would not need a kosher certification. Some stores (like Costco) only sell unflavored whole bean coffee. Can I use their grinders to ...
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Is it permissible to open a box of matzos on Shabbos or Yom Tov if necessary for the first night of Pesach? [duplicate]

My Yehuda Matzos box here says “Box should be opened before Shabbos and Yom Tov.” What if it is the first night of Pesach, and also Shabbos or Yom Tov, and an unopened box is the only one you have? ...
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Dipping Chalah in honey the first night of Succos?

The Tur (Orach Chaim 475), argues on the Rambam, who holds that one must dip the Matzah in Charoset, and the Tur not only disagrees with this, but even holds that by doing so, he would not have ...
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Fish food on Pesach

In the Hidabrot this week they had the following statement: This means Fish food since it is disgusting for humans to eat it does not need to be Kosher for Pesach… I did a search on Otzer Hachochma ...
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Ashkenazim eating kitniyot that is batel b'rov on Pesach

According to various opinions, Ashkenazim may eat food that comprises kitniyot on Pesach (e.g., mixtures), if it is batel b'rov (see Peninei Halacha here). For example: foods comprising kitniyot ...
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Drinking water before nightfall , on pesach evening

Would one be allowed to drink water between shkiah - dusk, and tzais - nightfall, on the first night of Pesach, being that you can’t make Kiddush then anyways, and if yes, what if it fell out on ...
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Different Approaches to Seder Night

On Pesach, we are commanded to tell the story of the exodus from Egypt to our children. However, there are different ways that people choose to do this, depending on their focus and perspective. Here ...
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The Rambam Titling the Halachos of Pesach "״הלכות חמץ ומצה

I opened up the Yad today on Hilchos Pesach and was taken aback on Rambam's choice of words for the title : "״הלכות חמץ ומצה. Firstly, why is the Rambam putting the Halachos of the seder (...
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One or two Passover lambs?

Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum said in his Feast of Passover lesson (mbs 114) that "The lamb that was to be killed for the Passover was set aside on the tenth day of the month of Aviv or Nisan...On the ...
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what is chimutz chemichaly?

distantly related: Is chimutz a wholly physical phenomenon? I searched but could not find a question like this on the site but here it goes. Has there been any understanding of what חימוץ is? Meaning ...
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is sumac offered kosher for Passover?

Been looking on grocery shelves for the last few years. Does anyone know if sumac is kosher for Passover? If it requires certification?
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Where to Buy Soft Matzah?

Does any one know where I can buy Kosher Lemehadrin soft Matzos (like the ones the Teimanim eat) in the New York area?
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Is it acceptable to use matzah made for Passover of one year for the next?

Commercially made matzah boxes are often stamped with a year that they were produced for, like "Passover 2022". Assuming that the matzah was kept dry and remains sealed, usually in a plastic ...
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Why was it said by the plague of Dever that it was very hard? All of them were

I would not think Dever was the hardest compared to any of the others. Aside I think chosehch some say was the hardest. But what does it mean Dever was very hard
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Labour on the first day of Passover

Yom Kippur is treated like a sabbath day (but perhaps even more so). The first day of Passover though is less restrictive than a sabbath: You shall celebrate a sacred occasion on the first day, and a ...
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Did Avrohom own חמץ on פסח?

In Gensis 18 -6, when Avrohom hosted the angels, he told his wife to מַֽהֲרִ֞י שְׁל֤שׁ סְאִים֙ קֶ֣מַח סֹ֔לֶת ל֖וּשִׁי וַֽעֲשִׂ֥י עֻגֽוֹת: "Hasten three seah of meal [and] fine flour; knead and ...
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Bein Hashmashot between Yom Tov rishon and Yom tov sheni

What are the three things forbidden during bein hashmashot between Yom Tov rishon and Yom tov sheni? Thanks
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On what day(s) of Pessach which are not the weekly Shabbat are Shabbat rules to be observed?

During the Pessach week, some days are occasionally referred to as a Shabbat. On which day or days are the 39 Melachot to be observed even if they don't fall on the weakly Shabbat?
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Why is Pesach Sheni the only "second chance"? [duplicate]

In Parashat Behaalotcha we read of a group of individuals who were unable for Halachic reasons to celebrate Pesach. On the fourteenth day of Nisan, when they had been mandated to bring the Pesach ...
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Concurrent calender or timing of Passover in the time of the late 2nd temple

I have read in secondary literature that the calendar or the regulations, in particular on the celebration of Pesach found in the rolls of Qumran differ from the Rabbinic tradition that is observed ...
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Burning chametz before the sixth hour

The Mishna in Pesachim 1:5 says (Open Mishna translation): וְעוֹד אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה, שְׁתֵּי חַלּוֹת שֶׁל תּוֹדָה פְסוּלוֹת מֻנָּחוֹת עַל גַּג הָאִצְטַבָּא. כָּל זְמַן שֶׁמֻּנָּחוֹת, כָּל הָעָם ...
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Hallel in syngagogue on Pesach night before dark

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 487:4 describes a custom to recite Hallel in the synagogue at the end of Arvit on the first (two) night(s) of Pesach. Some (e.g. Gra) link this custom to the practice found ...
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why don't we say a brocho on the Hagadah?

B"H the rule is is that we usually say brochos over Mitvos that we do. Since it's a Mitzvah to tell over the story of going out of Egypt on the first night of Pesach [as it even says in the ...
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