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In Search of a Stress-Free Pesach? Try Calling Your Local Pesach Organizer

A new trend finds frum uber-organized women fusing their talents with their religious sensibilities to help Jewish women organize their homes—and their lives. Rivka Slatkin is a woman of ideas. As a professional organizer from Baltimore, she is used to brainstorming “organizing” solutions for clients. But one of her most memorable strategies came when she […]

The Chef’s Table- Healthy Passover Pleasures

Most traditional Pesach recipes are high in calories, carbohydrates and fat, but are low in fiber. Traditions are hard to break and favorite foods are difficult to “pass up,” especially during a holiday. To help you eat well even during Pesach, here are some healthy and delicious recipes that are sure to please the guests […]

Pesach Dieters, Take Note: You Can Have Your Potato—and Eat It, Too!

Q: Potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes … with all these carbs, it’s no wonder I gain a pound for every day of Pesach—and the week before, too! How can I avoid overdoing the carbs? A: As a long-time potato lover, I feel the need to defend one of my favorite tubers. Potatoes get a bad […]

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 […]

In Remembrance of Our Loved Ones

It is customary on Passover, as well as on the other Shalosh Rigalim (Sukkot and Shavuot) and Yom Kippur when Yizkor (the memorial service) is recited, to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have passed away.  This practice was referenced as far back as the Talmudic times when it was recorded in […]

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 […]

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