Passover Articles

Gebrokts – Not Just a Half-Baked Idea

People are noticing that matzah meal, a longtime Pesach-baking staple, is appearing less and less in pre-packaged kosher-for-Passover products, usually substituted with potato starch. Why is matzah meal vanishing from much of our Passover-baking fare? True, wheat (gluten)-free products have certainly increased in popularity, but this alone does not appear to be the motivation for […]

Mechirat Chametz

How Mechirat Chametz, Selling Your Chametz, Works It may come as a surprise to many that the sale of chametz, one of Pesach’s traditional rituals, is actually a relatively recent innovation. In order to avoid the prohibition of Jewish ownership during the holiday, the Mishna proposes the solution of selling chametz to a non-Jew. However, […]

All in Good Measure: The Shiurim of Passover

The Passover holiday is a time when we celebrate our rich heritage and affirm our commitment to the continuity of our traditions. The exodus from Egypt was the point in our great history when we were freed from bondage to man, and culminated with our becoming a nation of God with the subsequent acceptance of […]

The World of Kosher

When you think OU Kosher,  your first thought is probably the more than 600,000 individual products overseen and certified in more than 95 countries worldwide. More than that, though, the OU is the top destination for kosher information year-round and particularly regarding the challenging preparation for Passover. In the weeks leading up to Passover alone, more […]

A Passover Primer

Any traditional Jew will tell you that the most pivotal time of the kosher year is the Festival of Passover. But it is also the most intense period of the year for the many food companies who try to offer their products to the kosher market. This is because kosher keeping Jews are spending a […]