When Shabbat HaGadol Falls on Erev Pesach Since medieval times, the Shabbat preceding Pesach is referred to as Shabbat HaGadol (The Great Shabbat). There are a number of customs associated with this Shabbat: 1) a special sermon, known as the Shabbat HaGadol Drasha, is delivered; 2) special additional prayers are inserted into the repetition of […]
Can We Have Our Challah & Eat It Too? Key Dates & Information This year, erev Pesach falls on Shabbat. With proper planning, it need not be a difficult Shabbat. If anything, it gives us an opportunity to come to the Seder well rested and relaxed, and to fulfill the mitzvot of the evening with more feeling and greater […]
A common method for relinquishing ownership of chametz is to sell it, typically through an agent (a rabbi), to a gentile. The chametzremains in the house, in a closed-off area (e.g. a closet) that has been rented to its new owner. After Pesach the rental period ends, and the agent purchases the chametz back on […]
Yes, It CAN Be Done! Make Pesach in 5 Days. NCSY’s Meira Spivak’s New Book Tells Us How. For many of us preparing for Pesach involves a lot of work and worry. This book is intended to take away the worry and simplify the work. Some start worrying about Pesach months in advance: nightmares, cold […]
The Talmud teaches us that when Hashem sends us crises, He prepares the antidote in advance. As the global coronavirus set in last March, OU Kosher had little lead time to transition its large headquarters operation at 11 Broadway in Manhattan to a completely remote work environment. In what might be described as miraculous, the […]
All about Pesach kashering, a process to prepare chametz vessels for Pesach use.
Ingredient statements on product labels list all components from largest to smallest. Spices and flavors are normally listed toward the end and are relatively nondescript. While they are smallest in volume, spices and flavors are often the most crucial components, providing the distinct flavor profile of the products that we recognize and enjoy. Spices and […]
This coming Rosh Hashana (5782) the land of Israel will be celebrating its sabbatical year, the year of shemittah. When the Jewish people originally settled the land of Israel, a seven-year cycle was established. Each seventh year, there is a biblical mitzvah to 1) treat produce of the land with extraordinary care, because it is […]