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Q. Do we wear Tefillin at all on Passover or Sukkot?

A. The answer depends on your communal custom.

Everyone agrees that we don’t wear Tefillin on the holiday days of the festival, which are the two days at the beginning and two days at the end (or one day at … Read the rest

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Q. Hey, Matzah again!?

A. Our 3-year old daughter Esther Miriam asked this question at the Seder. She came home from school with a flip Haggadah, each page featuring children from her class acting out parts of the Seder. She followed along faithfully, using … Read the rest

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Q. Why 5 Rabbis at the Seder, so much else goes by 4’s!

A. Well, you are right that #4 plays a big Passover Seder role with the 4 sons, 4 cups, 4 biblical expressions of redemption. But there’s also 3 Matzot, 2 types of dipping, Rabban Gamliel’s 3 Seder Essentials (Paschal Lamb, … Read the rest

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Q. I thought you can’t eat chicken and eggs?

A. OK, I see where you get that from. The verse says “Don’t cook a kid in its mothers milk.” So you infer from that sentiment that a chicken and egg would be the same. But classic Rabbinic interpretation in … Read the rest

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Q. Is there significance to burnt Shmurah Matzah?

A. No. There’s no point in burnt Matzah. But here’s why some Shmurah Matzah pieces are burnt:

Round Shmurah Matzah is handmade, and each Matzah is placed and removed from the incredibly hot wood-fired brick oven by a human – … Read the rest

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Q. I was told I need to search for Chametz immediately after dark. But I have class until 10pm?

A. Your friend is a little right, because the Code of Jewish Law encourages us to search for Chametz on the eve of Passover as soon as possible after dark, because it has to be done at night, and if … Read the rest

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Q. My family wants to Seder early. Is that OK? What should I do?

A. It is certainly understandable that families with young children would want to have an earlier start to their Passover Seder, especially when nightfall is 8 or 8:30pm these days. An earlier Seder before nightfall may have many benefits but … Read the rest

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Q. How do I share a Kosher for Passover Kitchen with a Sephardic roommate?

A. The main difference on Passover between Sephardic (Iberian Peninsula and North Africa) and Ashkenasic (from Northern and Eastern Europe) is regarding Kitniyot. Rice, corn and beans are not biblically considered Chametz, but the Ashkenasic Rabbis prohibited them on Passover … Read the rest

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Q. What is a “Seder-within-a-Seder”?

A. The Seder can be a 3-hour experience, sometimes even longer, depending on how its led and run. Some people love it and appreciate it, others maybe not as much. The Seder-within-a-Seder concept allows students who may not be able … Read the rest

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Q. I’m moving apartments over Passover. What to do with sold Chametz?

A. You can not handle or move sold Chametz until after the Passover holiday. So if you have to move to a new apartment on the intermediate days of Passover, your best bet is to box up and seal the … Read the rest

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