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What is the modern Jewish interpretation of Exodus 12:11?

The Mishnah cites eating in haste as one of the few differences between the paschal offering that first year and that of subsequent years. The modern Passover meal is modeled primarily on the latter.
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Why the Ten Plagues (blood, frogs, lice, etc.) specifically?

In my research over this Pesach, I have found some reasons why G-d chose the Ten Plagues specifically. Many of the answers come from the same source. The answer is middah k'neged middah (roughly ...
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Is it permitted to bring bottled water from an outside source into a kosher dining hall?

My best guess is that it's the policy of the kosher dining hall to not allow outside food or drink to cut down on the amount of non-kosher food which comes in. To my knowledge, there's nothing wrong ...
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Given Chametz by a Guest on Pesach - how to react?

See this answer He can accept the gift with intention not to acquire it, and discard it later. Although it is forbidden to touch chametz on Pesach, for fear that the person will come to ...
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Criteria to be considered a gentile for the purposes of selling chametz?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 114:7 states: אָסוּר לִמְכּוֹר אֶת הֶחָמֵץ לְמוּמָר אוֹ לְמוּמֶרֶת; וְלֹא לְבֶן מוּמֶרֶת, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיְלָדַתּוּ מֵאֵינוֹ יְהוּדִי לְאַחַר שֶׁהֵמִירָה, כִּי ...
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Does Passover occur on the first full moon after the equinox?

Your question and DoubleAA's comment on my original answer have inspired me to do some research and learn some really fascinating information about the Hebrew calendar. First, some background ...
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Do you drink five cups of wine when a Seder falls on Friday or Saturday?

Both the normal Shabbat blessings (kiddush) and the Havdalah ceremonies are performed during the seder, along with the blessings on the first cup of wine. For Friday Night there are extra words and ...
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Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?

People have attempted all sorts of mental gymnastics to develop a Theory of Everything vis-a-vis kitniyot. I spare my poor brain and follow Rav Moshe Feinstein's opinion (Igros, OC3:63): it's ...
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Why does my box of Matzah say "BOX SHOULD BE OPENED BEFORE SHABBOS AND YOM TOV"

There is a concern that by opening the box, a usable vessel has been completed, which can be a violation of the prohibition of makeh b'patish, one of the 39 forbidden categories of "work" on Shabbath ...
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Why are Oats Chametz if oats cannot rise

There is no special Talmudic dispensation regarding oats. The Mishna lists a grain called שבולת שועל as able to become Chametz. Most Rishonim don't identify that grain with what we call oats. Some ...
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Declare a leap year due to coronavirus?

There are two problems, both are discussed (among others) in Sanhedrin 11a. The first is that you need a Sanhedrin with a Nasi to intercalate a year. The second is that there are certain reasons for ...
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Can leftover shmurah matzot from one year be used the following year?

From the Star-K: Matzos left over from previous years that were stored in places free of chometz may be used. TIP: If your oven has been kashered for Pesach, simply put them in the oven for a few ...
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Was the lechem h'apanim baked on pesach?

The Lechem was anyway not chameitz. It was baked on Pesach as it was baked every week. Mishna Menachot 5.1: כל המנחות באות מצה--חוץ מחמץ שבתודה, ושתי הלחם שהן באות חמץ. רבי מאיר אומר, שאור בודה להן ...
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What is it about egg matzos that makes them forbidden to Ashkenazim?

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/...
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Can you eat roasted meat on Pesach Sheni?

Rasash Pesachim 53a writes that if a community's custom is not to eat roasted meat on the evening of 15 Iyar for the same reason it is not eaten on the night of Pesach, then they should not eat it. He ...
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Is is prefered to have the Pasach meal on the first or second night?

In Israel, only the first night is a full holiday, and as such, the Seder is only ever on the first night. In the Diaspora, both the first and second nights are full holidays. The Seder should be ...
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Do the rules of chametz apply to IV nutrition?

There are really two parts to your question. One is: do the rules of Chametz apply regardless how it is ingested? http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-mitzvos-cosmetics.htm On Pesach, one may not ...
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What can I feed my fish over Pesach?

R' Cohen in Dose of Halacha quotes R' Ben-zion Abba Saul who does allow you to use flakes, though writes that others advise you to buy worms, etc. or something that is chametz free. Rambam (Chametz ...
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Why are matzos circular?

In שו"ת מהרי"א סי' קנ"ז (seen here and continued here), it speaks about the shape of matzos being specifically round. This was written during the period of controversy regarding machine matzos. ...
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Is it permitted to bring bottled water from an outside source into a kosher dining hall?

Without being able to ask the staff who sets the standards for your "kosher cafeteria", we can only speculate if it was truly not allowed to bring a water bottle in, or why. However, this is my best ...
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Passover Lamb: Why is the bone not broken?

Sefer HaChinuch #16 explains breaking bones was the way of the poor and at the table of the seder we act as free and wealthy men (e.g., reclining) For it is not honorable for the sons of kings and ...
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Declare a leap year due to coronavirus?

The rabbis currently do not have the authority to declare a leap year because there is no Sanhedrin. The current calendar was set up by Hillel II and is completely fixed by calculation. Indeed, even ...
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What is halachic rationale for separate Passover dishes?

Chametz is getting absorbed in the same way than milk and meat are. The reverse would be surprising. Why would meat and milk be absorbed but not chametz? (see this explicitly stated in third paragraph ...
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What is Tikkun Leil Shevii?

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 ...
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What are "18 minute" matzot?

In current matzah parlance, “18-minute matzah” means that the entire matzah line is cleaned every 18 minutes https://oukosher.org/passover/articles/getting-to-know-your-matzah/
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Making Kiddush with Grape Juice or White Wine

Red is described as preferable, though white is always acceptable if necessary. (Or perhaps even if it's a type of wine you strongly prefer.) During times of the blood libels, white wine was actually ...
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Was the Paschal Offering roasted with or without the sciatic nerve and chelev?

This is a Korban, so the Chelev was burned on the Mizbeach. Regarding the Gid haNasheh, there is a famous disagreement between the Rambam and the Raavad (Korban Pesach 10:11): כשאדם אוכל את הפסח ...
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Moving the fridge for Pesach cleaning

The Radvaz (Teshuvos, chelek aleph: 135) and the Chayey Adam (119:6) explain that the reason we clean cracks and crevices from chametz is because maybe we may come to eat it on Pesach (because it ...
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Does my uncircumcised friend still needs to be circumcised in order to join the meal for Pesach?

Many laws applied to the Passover offering that do not apply to the Seder. For example, the Passover offering can only be eaten by people who are Tahor (a specific form of ritual purity). There is no ...
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