A Sweet Beginning And End To Your Passover Meal

The fish, the soup, the turkey, the brisket … it’s beginning to smell a lot like Passover.

It’s no wonder that this is the holiday celebrated by most Jews all over the world. The story and traditional foods remain in families generation after generation.
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Passover Resource List

Family Haggadah: A Seder for All Generations – Ginde, Elie

Together: A Child-Parent Kit: Passover

A Kid’s Catalog of Passover – Rush, Barbara

The Koufax Dilema – Sehnur, Steven

Bou Nashir b’Pesach – Book and Cassette
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Keeping You In Your Place

Jews are encouraged to ask as many questions as they like during the Seder. Of course, younger children may yearn to linger at the table, but not have the patience for every discussion. You can help them out by making Pesach place mats filled with holiday games.
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Passover Family Activities

Six years ago when your first child was little, you and she sat together and had a wonderful time preparing for Pesach by making an afikoman cover.

Four years ago when your first child was still little and your second child was on the way, you and your daughter sat together and had a nice time preparing for Pesach by making an afikoman cover.
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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 six hours.
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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 son, the question asked by the Wise son, etc. But before getting to all of this, one might ask, “What is this holiday all about?”
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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 satisfy Uncle Harry was enough to make Uncle Fred cry—and so the amount of pepper in the fish was always a matter of family debate.
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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 journey toward freedom. [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 is observed Monday night, March 25 through Tuesday night, April 2.
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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, even without any kosher supervision.
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