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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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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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How to make matzo using a pizza maker, while ensuring that it stays kosher for Passover?

In preparation for next year, I would like to have fresh soft matzo every day (except Shabbat / Yom Tov of course). I recently heard of the concept of an electric pizza maker. It is basically 2 heated ...
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Order of the haggadah

Is there a logical order to the Haggadah, or is it just a collection of ideas/teachings relating to the exodus?
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May one order food from Amazon Prime after Pesach?

May one order chametz from a publically-traded company (Amazon) which may have had food pass through any number of distributers on the way? The service in question is Amazon Prime Pantry.
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Kiddish in the place where one eats on Pesach for those that don't eat “gebrockts”

Halachipedia says In order to have Kiddish in the place where one eats and that the Kiddish is considered a proper Kiddish, one must eat at least a kezayit of mezonot, bread, or a reviyit of wine. ...
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Mayim shelanu history?

The water used to bake Matzah must be mayim shelanu—water that had been drawn in the evening and left to cool overnight. What is the halachic background for this requirement?
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Havdallah after Pesach

The Koren Machsor states that some have the custom to say Havdalah on beer after Pesach. Any idea how this could be done as a practical matter? Buy the beer before Pesach, sell it with your chametz, ...
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How come Yom Tov Kiddush can postpone having food on Yom Tov, specifically on Pesach?

What source in the Torah forbids a person from eating any food before Kiddush, specifically on Pesach and Chol Ha'Moed Pesach?
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A blind person not seeing chametz

The Torah (Shemos 13:7) famously tells us: וְלֹֽא־יֵרָאֶ֨ה לְךָ֜ חָמֵ֗ץ Chametz shall not be seen in your possession. What happens if the homeowner is blind? Do they have to hide away/lock up the ...
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Does Arba'a Banim mean four sons or four children?

I've seen Arba'a Banim translated as alternately four sons or four children. Are there any sources for whether the word "Banim" here means sons only or whether it should specifically be ...
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What is the connection between the reason for eating matza, and the prohibition of chometz?

It is an explicit Torah Isur (prohibition) to eat (and own) chometz (leaven) during Passover, as stated in Exodus 13:7. The explanation given for this in the Haggadah is because when the Jewish people ...
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Why does the Hagada say "אחד"?

By the 4 sons - the Hagada says אחד חכם ואחד רשע ואחד תם... Why? It should just say חכם ורשע ותם ושאינו יודע לשאול!?!
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A father promising their child an afikoman present on yom tov?

A prominent minhag on seder night is that the children "steal" the afikoman and hide it. What follows is the normal haggling process as the father agrees to buy a child a gift in return for ...
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What is mandatory for the second seder?

My mother-in-law heard this: Because the second seder outside Israel is a rabbinic ordinance, we can be more lenient. One can go through the mandatory sections of the seder (such as discussing pesach, ...
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Why don't people check their backyards for chametz?

Private lawns and backyards are part of the home domain. Some people are stringent to remove even the tiniest, most insignificant pieces of ~chometz from their homes before Pesach. But most of them do ...
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Do You Need A Mezonos For Taanis Bechorim?

One of the ways for firstborns to eat on Erev Pesach is to hear somebody make a Siyum. If you hear the Siyum, but didn't eat a Mezonos, and you're a Bechor - can you eat or not?
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Is vaping on Pesach allowed?

Are vapes kosher for Pesach being as the liquid, even if it would contain chometz, isn't fitting for a dog to eat?
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Can you compost chametz in your backyard? If so, how?

Background Some ways to get rid of food, from most to least environmentally-friendly, are: Feeding it to animals. Backyard composting. Curbside municipal composting. Burning it in a plastic bag. ...
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Why is Baker's Yeast not chametz gamur?

The OU Pesach Guide says Brewer's Yeast is chametz gamur but that Bakers Yeast is not. Why is Bakers Yeast not chametz gamur. Is it not שְׂאֹ֖ר? Or is OU saying that chametz gamur is not the same as ...
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Can you taste-test multiple brands of matzah, even if your custom is not to eat matzah before Passover begins?

There is a common practice not to eat matzah preceding Pesach, either on erev Pesach or in the weeks before. The reason for this is so that matzah will be eaten on the Seder night with gusto. Faced ...
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Is an Ashkenaz home allowed to cook rice in a pesach pot before the hag?

On hag Pesach, if one finds rice in a cooking pot, the rice can be removed and the food eaten (as I understand the halacha). Does that mean one can cook rice in a pesadik pot before Pesach? (Assume ...
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Why Are We Blunting His Teeth?

We all know the famous question about the Rasha in the Hagada - why are we blunting his teeth? Can everyone please write all the answers they know? (besides for famous gematria; Rasha - Teeth = Tzadik)...
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Daled cosos m'akev each other?

Are the four cups of wine that we drink at the Pesach Seder m'akev (bar) each other. That is to say, without all four cups, do the cups a person does drink count for anything? However one will ask, "...
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Where can I get Lafa (soft Yemenite) matza in South Florida?

Where can I buy Lafa (soft Yemenite) matza in South Florida?
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The simanei haseder (TOC of the seder)

Why was the simanei haseder created? Is there any real significance to them other than just being a table of contents? And Why do we chant or sing it at the start of the seder?
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Prepping produce before Pesach [closed]

Here's the scenario: A person kashered their entire fridge for Pesach. They did not kasher a stainless steel colander which they used to rinse off produce (e.g. carrots, lemons, potatoes, etc.) with ...
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Why make acronyms for the plagues? [duplicate]

In the Haggada, Rabbi Yehudah makes acronyms for the 10 plagues. What was the purpose of making these acronyms?
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Person sells chometz at home and travels west for Pesach. When does he get his chometz back?

Someone is going away from home for Pesach in a westerly direction. He sells his chometz in his home town through his Rav in his home town. Normally the chometz reverts back to the owner immediately ...
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Minhag Oberland Selling Chametz

Does anyone by any chance know if the oberlander minhag is to sell chametz or not? Thank you very much
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Are Shibolim rice cakes kosher for Pesach without special hechsher? [closed]

Hoping someone knows the answer or can point me where to ask. We eat kitniyos on Pesach. I bought these Shibolim rice cakes from Walmart. Last year I recall getting it as well (I think from Amazon) ...
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Biur Chametz and hefsek

On the evening of the day before Pesach, we search for Chametz and put aside what we find so that we may destroy it in some way the next morning. Before we start, we make the bracha "al biur chametz" (...
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Starting the Seder quickly

It says in SA OC Siman 472 that one should hurry to start the Seder in order that the children shouldn't fall asleep. If the person doesn't have any children is there still a reason to hurry to start ...
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How is דרך חירות fulfilled nowadays with הסיבה?

Raavya (12th-13th centuries) writes that as it is no longer the case that folks recline on couches when eating (as was common during the Greco-Roman period) one should eat upright at the table. Hagaos ...
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Are there communities which permit oats on Pesach?

It's a bit controversial that oats are considered chametz. While Rashi (Pesachim 35b, et. al.) translates Shiboles Shu'al as oats, not all Rishonim agree to this definition. For instance, the Rambam (...
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Why no bracha on telling the story of the Exodus?

Relating the story of the Exodus is a Biblical commandment. Why is there no bracha on specifically that? An answer on this site says that we talk about the Exodus in the kiddush, but that does not ...
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What are the minimum required sections of the Hagadah that must be said?

I am leading the Seder for my family, many whom are older people and young children who must be on a strict schedule. I.e., they have to eat by a certain time and must be asleep by a certain time, etc....
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Looking for hechshered plain kefir Kosher for Passover

Does anyone know of hechshered plain kefir gluten free no additives Kosher for Passover? Kefir is a fermented milk product (cow, goat or sheep milk) that tastes like a drinkable yogurt. Kefir ...
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Trash as Chometz

Is the trash in my trash cans that must stay on my property during Passover still considered under my ownership?
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Mafkir Chametz in a bin over Pesach [duplicate]

If bin/trash collection day is during or after Pesach, is it possible to leave chametz in the bin, do the bittul, and mafkir (disown and make ownerless) it, and leave it off the property (is that ...
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What else happened in Jewish history on Pesach

I know that many other monumental occasions occurred to happen on Pesach, specifically the first day eg; the birth of Yitzchak, Eisav selling the birthright to Yaakov, parts of the Purim story. Are ...
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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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Parshas Achrei and Pesach

This year, on Erev Pesach (Monday, April 22, 2024) the Torah reading is parshas Achrei Mot. The Chabad-website notifies that the daily reading of Erev Pesach is the 2nd Portion (Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:...
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Shopping during Pesach

Should one go to the store to shop during Chag haMatzot (Pesach), being that we have to stay away from chametz and leavening agents during the time?
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Is there a mitzvah of bedikat chametz in cars

According to Halacha are Jews obligated to do bedikat chametz before Passover in cars? Or no, is there not an active obligation to search for chametz before Pesach in cars?
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Baking matzah erev Pesach after chatzos

The Shulchan Aruch OH 458 says that the minhag is to make the matzos mitzvah for the Seder Night on Erev Pesach after noon (chatzos). נוהגים שלא ללוש מצת מצוה בערב פסח עד אחר שש שעות שהוא זמן הקרבת ...
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Matzah baking in a frying pan - flipping the matzah

Do regular matzah bakeries flip the matzah in the middle of baking? I heard from a rabbi not to do that, but I see videos where they flip it. What are the issues here? Update: I want to make the ...
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Are there exceptions to pass exams during Passover?

Context: in France, access to some elite schools is done through an extremely competitive exam that takes place nationally for everyone at the same time. To take part, students go through two years of ...
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On Pesach, to which side does someone with situs inversus lean?

Situs inversus is a condition where the body’s internal organs are reversed, apparently including the esophagus and the trachea. Therefore, on Pesach, would a Jew with this condition lean on his ...
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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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May Jews own gift cards redeemable for Chametz on Passover [duplicate]

In Halacha, is it prohibited for Jews to own gift cards which can be redeemed for chametz over passover or no? Obviously they are prohibited from using it for chametz, but if there is a gift card for ...

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