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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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What is the connection or relationship between the two vocalizations of ערב?

What is the connection between the two vocalizations of ערב? This word ערב in Exodus 12:38 is latinized as "eirev" or "erev" or "eruv" and is the exact same Hebrew ...
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Do you need to own the matza you eat at the seder?

The Gemara in Masechet Sukkah says that you need to own the matza that you eat at the Pesach Seder in order to fulfill your obligation. Tosafot there elaborates on this and says that matza has the ...
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A Jewish slave in an Egyptian house?

Rashi brings down the Mechilta and comments that an Egyptian in a Jewish house the night of the 15 of Nisan was killed by the Makkah and a Jew in an Egyptian house at the same time was spared, because ...
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How does one say Pesach in a foreign language? [closed]

It is debatable whether Pesach means Passover, as it is called in English, or "hover over" like in Isaiah 31:5. I am wondering if other languages besides for English use the term Pesach (in their ...
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How can cheese which be both kosher for Pesach and use “unsupervised milk” (cholov akum)?

A certain Kashrus authority supervises cheese which is both kosher for Pesach and uses “unsupervised milk” (cholov akum). What level of supervision for cheese is needed to ensure it is kosher for ...
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Leaning (heseiba) on Pesach

related to this question The halacha requires that on Pesach, when drinking at least the first 2 cups of wine or eating the matzah for the mitzvah, a person leans. The S"A (O"C 472:7) codifies it as ...
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Why is gefiltefish eaten at passover?

This is something I've been wondering for a while, so hopefully I can get a good answer. Why do we eat gefiltefish during passover, and where did this tradition come from? Is there a story, similar ...
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Deriving benifit from Chametz on pesach [duplicate]

Someone asked this and I can't find the question anymore but i found a source to answer this. Can one derive benefit from chametz on Pesach?
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How does one calculate from pesach to the keriat yam suf?

Quote“We are all familiar with the historical reason for celebrating the ‘seventh day of Passover’ – for (according to the Midrash) the miracle of the splitting of the Red Sea took place seven days ...
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Not Standing During Hallel of the Seder

Shulchan Aruch Harav Orach Chaim 473:48 says we don’t need to stand during hallel לְפִי שֶׁכָּל מַעֲשֵׂי לַיְלָה זֶה הוּא דֶּרֶךְ חֵרוּת, לְפִיכָךְ אֵין מַטְרִיחִין אוֹתוֹ לַעֲמֹד. How come, ...
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Why is al achilat matzah only recited on the seder?

If Al Achilat Matzah is recited on the Mitzva of the Torah to eat Matzah on the night of Pessach, why don't we say it also during the 7 days of Pessach? As it is written "7 days you shall eat Matzot" ...
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R' Elazar Hakalir's kerovah for Pesach and reason for אותו ואת בנו

Over Yom Tov I was looking at R' Elazar Hakalir's kerovah for the second day of Pesach, which is in the Daniel Goldschmidt machzor (available on Otzar Hachochmah, search for גולדשמידט) starting on ...
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What was the original Torah reading in Israel on 16th Nissan?

The currently practiced Torah reading in Israel for the first day of Chol Hamoed Pesach is identical to that read in the Diaspora on the same day (where it is the second day of Yom Tov) namely ...
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Why do some Jewish people spill wine on bad neighbor’s door [closed]

From what I could have gathered,when reading the ten plagues , some Jewish people gather wine and spill it later on as a way to curse a bad neighbor? What exactly does the curse bring on the house ...
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Pikuach nefesh and matzoh shopping [closed]

Apropos of this viral post: https://twitter.com/Dr_Ophelian/status/1247386646317633536. My understanding is that the principle of pikuach nefesh is not applied like this, but I am not certain why. ...
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Are the words זרוע and צרוע connected?

Are the words זרוע the bone which is used with Pesach, and צרוע the outstretched arm of our G-d grammatically symbolically connected?
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Korban pesach and tefillin

If one brought Korban pesach and didn’t put on tefillin would he put it on after since it’s still midday or do we say since it’s chag hapesach biblically then it’s like chol hamoed? And would the same ...
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Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it

In Deuteronomy 16:2 it says one has to slaughter the passover sacrifice from the flock AND herd. Then in verse 3 it says: “You shall not eat anything leavened with it; for seven days you shall eat ...
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Is it prohibited to get drunk at the seder?

Is it problematic to become drunk from the four cups on Passover?
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How do we do Shabbat Hagadol Drasha at home

Because of the Corona virus synagogues are closed this week Tzav 5780 which is Shabbat Hagadol, we will not be able to fulfill the custom of a Shabbat Hagadol Drasha (sermon) according to the usual ...
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Davening without a Minyan - Hallel Pesach night [duplicate]

There are those that say Hallel, Pesach night after Maariv. This year when it looks like, due to COVID-19, we will still not be Davening with a Minyan Pesach night, does one who is Davening without a ...
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Greeting Elijah during coronavirus

We are nearing Pesach and the Passover Seder. A time when Jews open the door for Elijah. Many Jews interpret Malachi 3:23, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great ...
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What is the best haggadah to prepare/use in a Seder with 6-12 year old kids?

There are a literally a million Hagaddos out there, but i need something that helps me explain Magid to young kids in a way that gives over sipur yetzias mitzayim, not nice vertilach. The past couple ...
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Virtual Pessah seder?

Today (25 March 2020) a group of 14 Sephardic rabbis in Israel approved the holding of virtual seders, provided the video conference is operating before the start of Pessah and left running after the ...
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Taanis bechorim when unable to attend a siyum [duplicate]

This year, due to coronavirus related isolation measures, the probability is that a bechor would be unable to attend an actual siyum on erev pesach. Can a bechor see a siyum online or must he fast on ...
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Declare a leap year due to coronavirus?

Today (23 March 2020) Israel's Supreme Court rejected a petition to declare this year a leap year so Pessah can be postponed for a month, and the seders don't have to occur during a lockdown (...
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Can / should one praying alone recite Hallel after Arvit on the first night of Pesach?

Many have the custom to recite Hallel in the synagogue on the first night(s) of Pesach, at the end of Arvit. (Discussed, for example, in this question and its answer.) Is this custom only to be ...
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Buying Chometz With Intention To Sell It Over Pesach

I recently heard that although it is permissible to sell Chometz over Pesach, one may not purchase Chometz specifically for a time post Pesach, with intention to sell it during Pesach. Does anyone ...
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Washing for Urchatz when you eat your Karpas with a fork

Based on the Gemara in Pesachim 115a-b (as explained by the primary Meforshim there) the reason we wash before Karpas is so that our hands don't make the water on the vegetables Tamei when we touch ...
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Hebrew “work” calendar PDFs … where?

Many years ago I came across a nice PDF that listed yontif dates for the coming years. It was an easy way to share a long-distance heads-up of when I’d be out of the office and “unplugged”, without ...
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Pesach take out in Jerusalem

Is there a list of Pesach take out stores or private people that offer cooking for Pesach in the Jerusalem area with the Rabbinical Supervision they are supervised under?
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Is there any (relatively) simple way to calculate when/how often the Daf Yomi cycle will finish a tractate on Erev Pesach?

Shulchan Aruch O.C. 470:1 codifies that firstborns fast on Erev Pesach. In my experience, the widespread practice is for firstborns to attend a siyum of the completion of a tractate of Talmud, usually ...
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Why is Chanukah “happier” than Pesach?

Following up on this answer. The answer seems to conclude that one way that we measure happiness is by the saying of Hallel and it lists the days on which we say the whole of hallel. But we do not ...
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Collecting water before pesach

People who are worried about chometz in water on pesach collect water before pesach so it can be Me'vutal before pesach. However won't they cause themselves a bigger problem? If they are worried for ...
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Is Bitul Chameitz effective on unknown chameitz?

When one is mevateil chameitz, does he have to have in mind the chameitz he intends to be mevatel? If not, how could there be anything found on Pesach that he would have to burn? According to this ...
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Sourdough starter and Passover

Sourdough starter is a kind of pet. A pet yeast colony, if you want to be scientific about it. Owners give it a name, feed it (daily or weekly, depending on how often they bake bread), make sure it's ...
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In modern Jewish Passover meals, is the wine mixed with water?

The reason why I am curious about this is because every Christian church (except the Orthodox Armenians) adds water to the wine in the Eucharistic chalice before consecration. They also claim that ...
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Why do we specifically skip Lo Lanu and Ahavti?

On those days on which we skip part of Hallel (i.e. Rosh Chodesh and the last six days of Pesach), why were the first pieces of Tehillim 115 and 116 (Lo Lanu and Ahavti) the pieces chosen to be ...
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Do you investigate chametz gifts?

When receiving a nonperishable chametz gift from a nonobservant Jew, is one required to sensitively investigate whether the giver owned it during Pesach, which would make the gift forbidden due to the ...
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What happens if someone misses a day of Bahab?

Let’s say that someone, for whatever reason (say he forgot it was Behab), accepted upon himself to fast Behab but didn’t fast one of the days (say, for instance, he fasted Monday but not Thursday). ...
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Why not start BaHaB on Iyar / Marcheshvan 3?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 492 discusses the custom some have to fast on Monday, Thursday and Monday (BaHaB) following the months of Nissan and Tishrei. Rama in his gloss notes that the custom is to ...
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Chametz owned by a Jew on 8th day of Pesach — status after Pesach?

Lets take the example of chametz gamur bought on the the 8th day chas veshalom -- does the fact that the 8th day is rabbinic cancel out the prohibition of eating chametz, after passover, that was ...
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Can you buy chametz during Pesach that will be delivered after Pesach?

As an example, during Hol Hamo'ed Pesach, could you buy chametz online knowing that it will arrive after Pesach? My assumption is that it would be OK, as the buyer doesn't actually own the product ...
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Where is the missing altar?

Each year a a group of individuals receive news coverage (for example here) for attempting to enter the Har Habayit to bring the Pesach Offfering. (They are stopped by the police.) Since the Korban ...
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How do we know that ממחרת השבת means from the first day of Pesach and not the seventh?

How do we know that ממחרת השבת means from the first day of Pesach and not the seventh? Don't they both deserve to be called שבת?
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Why Eleven and Twelve in “Echad Mi Yodea” refer to the same thing?

In Echad Mi Yodea song both #11 and #12 refer to the tribes - without Yosef and with him. This is especially pronounced in the families that go through the full list on every line, like "the 3 ...
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In Exodus, when exactly they “could not delay” until the dough was leavened?

THe Torah says (Ex 12,39): וַיֹּאפוּ אֶת־הַבָּצֵק אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִיאוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם עֻגֹת מַצּוֹת כִּי לֹא חָמֵץ כִּי־גֹרְשׁוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לְהִתְמַהְמֵהַּ וְגַם־צֵדָה לֹא־עָשׂוּ לָהֶם׃ And ...
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What neis hapenned to Baal Shem Tov on Achron shel Pesach?

I have heard a special miracle is commemorated at Seudas HaBesh"t (third meal) on the last day of Pesach. What hapenned to Baal Shem Tov on Achron shel Pesach?
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Why is it called Zman Cheiruseinu (Time of Our Freedom), if we are still slaves of Hashem?

Pesach is called Zman Cheiruseinu (Time of our Freedom) presumably because we were freed from being slaves of Pharaoh. But, the Jewish nation is NOT halachically free to do whatever it pleases. We are ...
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Eliyahu Hanavi drinking from cup

Is there a source to the fact that Eliyahu Hanavi drinks from the Kos Shel Eliyahu when he comes on the Seder night?

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