Passover Articles

What is Passover?

Passover is an eight day Jewish holiday, of Biblical origin, marking the birth of the Jews as a people and their emergence as a unique nation in history, devoted to G-d’s will. It celebrates the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt over 3000 years ago, under the leadership of Moses.

Preparing for Passover

What Special Preparations Must be Made in the Jewish Home for Passover? The home must be thoroughly cleaned of all Chametz before Passover. Any Chametz not removed from a Jew’s premises before Passover should be sold. Jewish law forbids the use of any Chametz which remains in a Jew’s possession during Passover, even after the […]

What is “Matzah”?

Matzah is a crisp, flat, unleavened bread, made of flour and water, which must be baked before the dough has had time to rise. It is the only type of “bread” which Jews may eat during Passover, and it must be made specifically for Passover use, under rabbinical supervision. Eating Matzah on Passover commemorates the […]

What Is The Passover “SEDER”?

The Seder is a ritual banquet which reenacts the Exodus, conducted on both the first and second evenings of Passover. Its major feature is the reading of the Haggadah, which relates, in detail, the events of the Exodus of the Jewish people from ancient Egypt, complete with symbolic reenactments using Kosher wine, specially prepared Matzah, […]

Hints for Pesach Cleaning

A Few Hints For Pesach Cleaning START EARLY – If you begin right after Purim and do a little bit every day, the job is not overwhelming. Start with areas where chametz does not usually go and declare them off limits until Pesach. Start buying Pesach staples early. Have a place ready to store them. […]

Pesach Recipe Substitutes

At some point during Pesach preparations we’ve all tried to convert a main stream recipe into a Pesach one only to discover that we don’t have a clue as to what to substitute for a chometz ingredient. This panic moment is why I started compiling my COMPLETE LIST OF PESACH SUBSTITUTES. I’ve added some great […]

Welcome to OUP

Welcome to OU-P (Passover) online. For the complete Kosher for Pesach directory click Download (Passover) Guide above. If you are looking for a specific product, use the search box. If you have a question, try looking through Passover FAQ’s. If you cannot find your question, ask the Webbe Rebbe by clicking here. If you want […]

Are OU-P matzos 18 minute matzos?

Are OU matzos 18 minute matzos? It depends on what you mean. We always make sure that the entire matzah baking process—from adding the water to the flour until the matzos are done baking—takes place in less than 18 minutes. If you are asking if we stop the factory after each 18 minute run to […]

Baby Rice Cereals

There is possible chametz in most baby rice cereals, so the OU cannot recommend them for Passover use. However, there is no problem owning rice and making your own cereal from brown rice or non-enriched white rice over Passover. One should make the cereal using a special non-Pesach, non-chametz pot, and this special pot (and […]

Baby Formula

The following baby formula can be assumed to be free of chametz. Many are made from kitniyot ingredients. Kitniyot does not apply to infants. Please take care to prepare baby formula and wash bottles and other utensils in an area outside the kitchen. Please note that these products are only acceptable when bearing the OU or […]