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

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Passover Lamb: Why is the bone not broken?

The mitzvah in exodus 12:46: Why do we not break the bones of the Passover lamb? Is it because it was a pagan practice? or because of something else? Ex. 12:46 It shall be eaten in one house; you ...
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What is the modern Jewish interpretation of Exodus 12:11?

I'm not Jewish, so please forgive me if my question sounds ignorant. My understanding is that in modern Judaism, the Passover meal is eaten sitting rather than standing. However, this seems to ...
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Avraham Kosher for Pesach Mustard [duplicate]

Seeing that Avraham served the angels mustard on Pesach (Bava Metzia 86b), ולמה לי תלתא תסגי בחד אמר רב חנן בר רבא כדי להאכילן שלש לשונות בחרדל אמר רבי תנחום בר חנילאי לעולם אל ישנה אדם מן המנהג ...
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Why is Yom Tov Seven Days? Shavout One?

The Three regalim got me thinking. Firstly, why is Sukkot and Pesach specifically 7 days - what is behind this number? Additionally, why is Sukkot and Pesach seven days long while Shavout only one?
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Wild rice and Pesach

Wild rice (AKA as crazy oats) contrary to its names is not in fact rice or oats. It is in fact a member of the same tribe as rice but is a different genus. According to Wikipedia they're nut directly ...
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Shalom Zachar on Pesach Night

Rav Heinemann mentioned during a shiur that there is no shalom zachar on Pesach if shabbos is the night of the seder. Although practically having one would be very difficult, why is this night ...
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Are there any Jewish or Hebrew traditions that hold that the Passover and the binding of Isaac were on the same day (15 Nisan)? [duplicate]

Are there any Jewish or Hebrew traditions that hold that the Passover and the binding of Isaac were on the same day (15 Nisan)? I answered this question on Christianity SE (Had the Catholic Church ...
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Eating two consecutive meals on Shabbat Erev Pesach and Seudah Shlishit

When Erev Pesach was on Shabbat, nearly every shul rav I have encountered has advised this procedure on Shabbat morning: Daven very early so that Shabbat davening will end before the last time one is ...
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If one is noder hana'ah from something which sometimes is obligatory and sometimes is not, is the neder binding?

Let's say I make a neder not to benefit from the five grains - wheat, barley, rye, oat(?), and spelt. These are the only grains which can be used for Matzah on Pesach (Pesachim 35b). Assuming that a ...
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Why is emphasis put on the sparing of the Jewish people at Makas Bechoros more than at any of the other Makos?

Shmos 12:27 --------------- שמות יב כז וַאֲמַרְתֶּ֡ם זֶֽבַח־פֶּ֨סַח ה֜וּא לַֽיהוָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר פָּ֠סַח עַל־בָּתֵּ֤י בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ בְּמִצְרַ֔יִם בְּנָגְפּ֥וֹ אֶת־מִצְרַ֖יִם וְאֶת־בָּתֵּ֣ינוּ ...
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If an animal eats chometz on Pesach of its own accord, is its owner guilty of benefitting from Chometz?

One may not feed Chometz to his animal on Pesach, since chometz is "OSSUR B"HANAH" (forbidden to derive benefit thereof). If an animal eats cometz on Pesach of its own accord, is its owner guilty of ...
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KfP-for-Ashk'nazim rice cakes… now what if they're soaked?

A rabbi visited a ricecake factory, found that the rice never became wet in the process of manufacture (and was sifted well to be sure it's only rice), and decided that the ricecakes, which are anyway ...
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Keeping flour mixed with mei peiros on Pesach

According to the OU and other kashrus agencies (https://oukosher.org/passover/articles/chametz-when-to-peddle-when-to-purge/) cookies and even licorice are considered chametz gamur which one may not ...
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Why isn't Amaretto Kosher for Passover?

I was recently told that Amaretto isn't Kosher for Passover (as I never drink it, I don't much care, but it got me very curious, as to the best of my knowledge there is nothing in its ingredients that ...
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Putting sefiras haomer in nirtzah

Some haggados print sefiras haomer for the second night (outside Israel) at some point in Nirtzah, for people who didn't already count during Maariv. I've seen it after חסל סדור פסח, after אדיר הוא, ...
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Is the Afikoman meant to be a substitute for Korban Pesach?

I don't recall, offhand, what the purpose of the Afikoman is. Is it supposed to "represent" the Pesach sacrifice? If so - I'm curious about a common instruction I see in many Hagaddot. It says that ...
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Why is it forbidden to eat after the Qorban Pesah?

The Mishnah (Pesahim 10:8) states (Hebrew, English): אין מפטירין אחר הפסח אפיקומן They may not add an afikoman after the Pesach offering. The commentators (e.g. Bartenura) explain that this ...
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Does Chametz create a “kashrut” problem on Pesach? [closed]

Hypothetical: During the Pesach holiday, a non-observant person walks into my house with the loaf of bread he just bought, and proceeds to use my regular knife and plate to make a sandwich. Clearly, ...
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Can an Ashkenazi eat a dish cooked with kitniyot?

Is an Ashkenazi permitted to eat a dish that was cooked with kitniyot on purpose, but one can remove the kitniyot from his plate? For example: a dish made with some peas by a sefardi, can one remove ...
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Can you say the Birkas Hagomel on Shabbos or Pesach?

We do not say “Mizmor LeSodoh” on those days when a Korban Todah could not be brought. So we do not say it on Shabbos or Yom Tov because you could not bring individual offerings on those days and we ...
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Why are Oats Chametz if oats cannot rise

Oats do not have gluten so they cannot rise - like rice and other such grains. I could understand why they would be kitniot but why are they chametz? I know in arvei psachim there is an opinion that ...
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Does one need to worry about feeding his pet gebrokhts or kitniyot on Pesach? [duplicate]

I thought I had seen just about every unusual Pesach food item, but, it seems that each year, some other idea comes out. I just saw this in my neighborhood store. Ashkenazim don't eat kitniyot and ...
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Is it permitted to bring bottled water from an outside source into a kosher dining hall?

I was eating in the kosher dining hall (because it often has better food than the goy hall) and, after I finished drinking from the water bottle I had brought with me, a Jew walked up to me and told ...
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White or wheat? Matzah on Pesach (Passover)

Matzah on Pesach can be made from white (refined) or whole grain wheat (or any of the other allowed grains). Did our ancestors typically bake with refined or whole grain wheat? Were the first matzah ...
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Why is corn kitnius? [duplicate]

The reason why potatoes isn't kitnius is because it wasn't out there when they made the kitniyut rule, but did they have corn on that time so it should be kitnius?
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Why the Ten Plagues (blood, frogs, lice, etc.) specifically?

Why did G-d specifically choose to punish the Egyptians with the plagues of blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, pestilence, boils, locusts, hail, darkness, and the death of all firstborns?
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Is eliyahu hanuvy real?

Is eliyahu hanuvy real? is he really coming by shfoch chamoschu or it's just the Jewish version of Santa Claus?
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Mechanics of making matza on Pesach

When making matzah at home during the Pesach week, is it correct that one needs to ensure that not only is the matzah itself completed in 18 minutes, but also that all the utensils and bowls are ...
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Why is Chametz burned instead of being donated to charity on Passover?

Slight preface: I’m Jewish, but secular at best. So I know “how things work” in some ways, but still have questions from my own perspective. That said, one aspect of Passover has always confused me: ...
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Erev rav - the people of the children of Israel?

I would like to ask a question before the erev of Pesach begins. I found this article online of the chabad website and in it the claim is being made that Yosef and Ya'akov converted different people ...
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Firstborn is sick on erev Pesach

What is the halacha regarding the fast if a firstborn is sick on erev Pesach and can't attend a siyum?
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Why did we deserve 400 years?

After Avraham's mistake of asking "How will I know?" (Nedarim 32a - ושמואל אמר מפני שהפריז על מדותיו של הקב"ה שנאמר במה אדע כי אירשנה), his great grandchildren needed 400 years of slavery. ...
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Gebrocht how does an old person eat matza on seder night

If someone (e.g old people) can't eat a kzais (about 20 grams this is according to volume) of matza on seder night (within the required amount of time) because its too dry one usually wets it to make ...
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Is this a valid method to be able to eat chametz on Shabbat after Pesach in Israel? [duplicate]

This year (and next) in Israel, Shabbat immediately follows the last day of Pesach. Of course, the chametz that people sold has not been bought back, but, as it is no longer Pesach, one can eat ...
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Children eating Matzah on Erev Pesach

Is it permitted for children to eat Matzah on Erev Pesach? Does it matter whether they will be awake for the Seder or not?
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How can we not say an after bracha on Kiddush wine during the seder

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 473:2) rules that after the first cup at the seder, one doesn't make an after bracha. The Mishnah Berurah (s.k. 11) explains that we rely on benching after the meal to cover it, ...
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Why does my box of Matzah say “BOX SHOULD BE OPENED BEFORE SHABBOS AND YOM TOV”

I bought a box of Matzah this year, and noticed, on the top, the declaration: "BOX SHOULD BE OPENED BEFORE SHABBOS AND YOM TOV" Why? The box does have perforations, but could probably be opened ...
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Bittul (nullification) and Mechira (sale)

Sorry if this is a duplicate. It is my understanding that one must sell his chometz, prior to declaring his chometz nullified. Reason being, how can one sell something that is null and void? It is ...
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No Bracha before Hallel said in shul on the first two nights of Pesach - Chazon Ish minhag

This M.Y. answer explains why many shuls recite Hallel during the first two nights of Pesach. It seems that most of the opinions state that one should say a bracha in shul. It seems that there is ...
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Keeping Chometzdik Lost Item On Pesach For Non-Jew to Pick Up? [closed]

When a non-Jewish friend from my hometown was visiting me where I now live, I gave him a gift of scotch. After receiving the gift, he then accidentally left the scotch at my home. I will be returning ...
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How could we bring korban pesach in egypt if it was served as a deity?

It says Shemos 8,22: הן נזבח את תועבת מצרים לעיניהם ולא יסקלנו - "If we sacrifice the god of the the egyptians won't they stone us?" (Translation based on Rashi and Onklus) Rashi on Vayikra 1,2 - ...
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Is there such a thing as a kosher replacement for the egg on the Pesach plate?

Is there such a thing as a kosher replacement for the egg on the Pesach plate? I just don't like an invited guest making a comparison to the Easter egg.
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Can you accept money for your chametz items during Pesach?

You sold your chametz to a non-Jew, directly. During Hol Hamo'ed, the non-Jew comes to your home and says he wants your $500 single malt scotch, and he writes you a check for it. He walks out with ...
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Can one open the chametz closet for any reason during Pesach?

My understanding of the prohibition of Bal Yer'aeh (Do not see / find the chametz) is that it is a "protection" against eating the chametz. Thus, the chametz is usually stored in a sealed closet. ...
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Why is mechiras chameitz done through a Rav?

The general procedure for mechiras chameitz is as follows: you tell your local Rav to sell your chameitz to a non-Jew in the city, and he does so. Is there any reason why I can't sell my chameitz to a ...
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Source for Hiding or Locking Away All Non Passover Vessels

Bit of a debate with someone. I never saw my Sephardic family make a special room to lock away all chameitz dishes. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 451:1 Ceramic dishes that have been used for hametz ...
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Who wrote “Dayenu”?

Wikipedia says that the song first appears in 9th Century Seder Rav Amram. I don't have access to that Sefer, and I couldn't locate anything about who wrote this. Was it Rav Amram, himself, or someone ...
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May One Kasher Utensils During Pesach?

Let's say someone has planned to be away from home during Pesach but finds out that his trip will be ending early and he will be home and needs to cook in his house. Can he kasher his utensils during ...
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Becoming Chametz at 18 mins

According to the Talmud Pesachim 46a, a non-leavened dough should show signs of Chimutz within a shiur of walking a Mil (or 4 Mil according to the Yerushalmi), which is 18 to 24 minutes. Similarly if ...
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Which seeds are considered kitniyot? [duplicate]

This answer says: There is no set standard list of what is considered kitniyos, or even a set criteria of why foods might be considered kitniyos. I don't think this is completely true. Granted ...