Cleaning

Cleaning Craze - I find it a bit confusing the requirements for cleaning chametz. On one hand, your website says that we don't have to go crazy. But then you say that we must make sure there are no crumbs around that... More »
Searching for Chametz (Leaven) Early - We will be leaving our home several days before Passover in order to spend the holiday with my in-laws. When should I check my home for chametz? Also, is there any checking I should do when I am at my... More »
Selling Chametz - I am becoming more interested in Jewish observance, and with Passover coming soon, I started thinking about how my grandparents would always sell their chametz (bread, etc.) before the holiday. Can you... More »
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Kosher for Passover

Breakfast Foods - This will be our first year trying to observe all the Passover laws. Aish.com has been very helpful in planning our meals. But what do I do for breakfast? Other than eggs, what can I serve? My children's... More »
Cool Whip on Matzah? - What are we allowed to eat on Passover? I consider myself Conservative-to-Reform, but growing up I was told things like you cannot eat peanuts. Can you eat Cool Whip? More »
Passover Pet Food - I recently got a pet dog and am not sure what to feed it over Passover. He is used to our food, however he does need his artificial bones or he will chew the furniture instead! What are the laws for... More »
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The Seder

Early Seder - I want to have a shortened version of the Passover Seder for my elderly father who needs to eat earlier and go to sleep. Can I have a Seder for him before the holiday begins? Can he eat matzah at that... More »
Hungry During Seder - I try my best to run a traditional and meaningful Seder every year, often with much of my extended family in attendance. One big difficulty I have is that most of the people (including myself) are too... More »
Roasted Foods at Seder - I know we’re not supposed to eat roasted meat at the Seder. What about other foods such as chicken or potatoes? Also, is pot roast okay? More »
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General

Jewish Holidays and Celebrating our Enemies’ Destruction - I have a coworker who has some pretty anti-semitic views about a lot of things. I’m not Jewish either but I’ve tried my best to defend the Jews against him. Most of his “claims” are patent nonsense and he... More »
Last Chance for Matzah - I enjoy matzah and eat it all year round. When is the last time before Passover that one is permitted to eat matzah? Thanks for your help. More »
Passover – 14th or 15th? - Why is it that Passover is celebrated worldwide beginning on the night of the 15th of Nisan? The Torah states a number of times that the Passover celebration falls on the 14th day of the first month (e.g.... More »

Ten Plagues & Exodus

End of Slavery in Egypt - I’m trying to figure out the timeline of the Exodus. I know that our ancestors left Egypt on the first day of Passover, but at what point did the slavery end? Did it last until the very last day, after... More »
How Miraculous was the Splitting of the Sea? - I was just reading a lecture about the Exodus. It described how Nachshon son of Aminadav was the first to jump into the sea. When he descended to the point that the water reached his nostrils, it... More »
Plague of Blood – Magician’s Imitation - The Torah states that after God turned the water to blood, the Egyptian magicians performed the same feat. But doesn’t the Torah state explicitly that all the water of the kingdom was turned to blood... More »
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