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, Passover… Read More


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

The Wine of the Exodus

Every year, the Passover story is retold in households around the world. We tell the story of the exodus from Egypt accompanied by four cups of wine and end by toasting, “Next Year in Jerusalem!”  Providing a twist on the traditional story, this reporter investigates how wine united ancient Egypt and Israel and gives suggestions… Read More

How To Get Through A Passover Seder

Passover means Seders. They are important Jewish traditions, but they are also social and hunger-filled minefields. These tips will help you navigate the time between when you show up and avoid questions about your career/relationship and when you shout “Next year in Jerusalem!” and run out with all the flourless desserts.

Exodus: Passover And The Themes of Refuge And Immigration

Tzipora S. secured her passport from Iran to Switzerland by miracle. “When I went to renew my passport and get a tourist visa to Switzerland, they asked me why I didn’t bring my old one with me. I had gone to Israel before the revolution,” Tzipora, who could not use her full name because of… Read More