Food For Thought

Almost everyone eats eggs at the Seder; the question is, how are they prepared? Most Ashkenazim handle this quite simply by boiling the eggs. But Sephardim prefer their eggs cooked overnight. The eggs are placed in water, and perhaps a few tea leaves (which gives a beautiful color), then left to simmer for at least… Read More

Passover Primer

Whether this is your first seder or your 100th, here are the essential elements to enjoying the holiday. For more than three millennia, the Jewish people have retold the tale of their hastened exit from Egypt. Passover is a holiday full of questions such as the famous Four Questions, the question asked by the Wicked… Read More

Old Passover Tastes With A New Twist

I remember my late mother standing in line at the grocery store to buy whitefish, rock and pike, which we lugged home. I turned up my nose as the fish was cleaned, cooked and then ground—all in our little kitchen, with my aunts in attendance to make sure there was enough pepper. Enough pepper to… Read More

The Origins Of Pesach

Our favorite holiday has many names. Here’s an explanation. Z’Man Chayrutaynu/The Season of Our Freedom This designation reflects a major reason why this season is of importance in Jewish life. We are taught that each and every Jew must re-live the story of the Exodus from Egypt as if he or she actually made the… Read More

OU Guide to Passover Now Available

With the OU Guide to Passover for 2013/5773, preparations and observance of the holiday can be worry-free, enjoyable and more meaningful than ever.  The well-known and highly sought-after Passover Guide is a special issue of Jewish Action, the family magazine of the Orthodox Union.  The Guide may be read online, free of charge, atoukosher.org/passover/passover-guide. Passover… Read More

OU KOSHER PRESENTS THE TOP TEN CONSUMER QUESTIONS RECEIVED BEFORE PASSOVER

As Passover nears, OU Kosher presents the ten most common questions asked to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline by consumers in preparation for the holiday. NOTE: These statements are valid for Passover 2013 only. Q: Does water require special certification for Passover? A: All unflavored bottled water, seltzer and sparkling water is kosher for Passover,… Read More

Taking Passover Back To Its Roots

When most Israeli Jews sit down for the Passover Seder on the night of March 25, the 14th of the Hebrew month of Nisan, they’ll wait for the kids to recite Ma Nishtanah, the four questions; and they’ll pucker up to inhale the bitter herbs, relish the sweet charoset, dip herbs in saltwater, sing rousing renditions of Dayenu andChad… Read More

All Who Are Hungy

Twenty family members, friends and neighbors file into the dining room for the annual Seder. We all know the routine: Drink the first cup of wine, munch on some veggies, break a piece of matzah and then tell the story of our exodus from Egypt. But from the moment the candles are lit on the first night of… Read More

The Fifth Question

Passover is literally around the corner, beginning in the next couple days. The eight-day holiday begins officially on Monday night, when we celebrate the Jewish people being liberated from Egypt — a holiday when friends and family join together for Seders and so many more meals. All year long, we struggle to make heart-healthy food… Read More