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Post-Pesach Purchasing

Chameitz that was owned by a Jew over Pesach cannot be eaten after Pesach. This poses a problem when stores or their distributors are owned by Jews and do not sell their Chameitz. In such stores one must wait until we can safely assume that food from Pesach is no longer on the shelf. The more »

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Laws of Pesach – Seder Night

Seder Night: Four Cups of WIne One of the major themes of the seder is a celebration of our freedom. To demonstrate our freedom, the rabbis instituted the drinking of four cups of wine at the seder. Ideally, the cups should be of a good wine. If one is concerned that the alcohol will affect more »

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Laws of Pesach #17

Searching for Chameitz One must search all their property on the night before Pesach. This includes one’s car and any office space which is owned or rented. If it is very inconvenient to check one’s office on the night before Pesach then one should search for chameitz in their office on the night before. If more »

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Laws of Pesach #16

A few more things that do and do not need to be kosher for Pesach: Paper-ware and plastic-ware do not need to be certified as kosher for Pesach. (However, some do not use paper plates unless it is certified to be Kosher for Pesach. This is due to the fact that corn starch is used more »

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Laws of Pesach #15

If something is inedible we do not treat it as Chameitz. However, if one puts that item in their mouth to digest it the Poskim debate if in doing so one gives the item the status of food. In that light I would recommend the following: Medicine: Bitter or tasteless tablets, capsules, or liquids may more »

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Laws of Pesach #14

One need not line cupboard shelves or drawers with shelving paper. Since they do not come into contact with hot food the only concern is cleaning the area out from any Chameitz. One may use towels and table-cloths from year round on Pesach as long they are washed in hot water and soap before Pesach. more »

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Laws of Pesach #11

Whether one can properly kasher microwaves and dishwashers for Pesach are a matter of much debate. I would therefore highly discourage doing so. There are those who rule leniently in this matter and therefore if someone feels like they need to have their microwave or dishwasher, please follow up with me via email/ call for more »

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Laws of Pesach #10

One should clean the entire stove top area thoroughly. The way to kasher the burners is as follows: Electric – The burners should be lit until they glow red. Gas – Turn stove top on for five minutes. The grates should be placed inside the oven with the oven at a high heat for forty more »

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Laws of Pesach #9

In a regular oven one must clean all surfaces (including thermostat, window, corners, door edges, etc.). One should use a caustic cleaner such as Easy-Off to remove spots that are difficult to remove. If one uses Easy-Off twice and the spot still does not come off one need not worry about it. After cleaning the more »

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Laws of Pesach #8

Refrigerator: All shelves and surfaces should be cleaned thoroughly. If it is difficult to clean shelve (due to ridges etc.) or it is an area which food touches directly (like a vegetable/fruit drawer) then one must line that area. Otherwise, no lining is necessary. Any chameitz food that needs refrigeration should ideally be finished before more »

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