Food Colorants

The glittering yellow of the Chanukah flames; the deep blue of the ocean; the crisp white of the clouds – each color is innately connected to the object it represents, so much so that shades of color are often named by the object with which they are most associated…

The Korbon Pesach

At first glance, it seems that a study of Hilchos Korbon Pesach is somewhat impractical for most of us as we prepare for Passover. After all, we have not merited bringing the Korbon Pesach for almost two millennia and many other halachos seem more pertinent…

Straight to the Point

The mitzvah of taking the Arba Minim (four species) — hadassim (myrtle), aravos (willow), lulav (palm frond) and esrog (citron) — symbolizes the ultimate joy of the Yom Tov of Sukkos.

The Laws of Shofar

Rosh Hashanah, the Head of the Year, is associated with only one Biblical commandment – the blowing of the shofar.

The Laws of Kosher Tzitzis

In a rather poignant section of the Haggadah, we read about Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya and his struggle to find a source requiring one to recite the third paragraph of Shema in the evening. It is therefore appropriate to review some of the basic laws of tzitzis during the Pesach season, as tzitzis appear to be intrinsically related to our Exodus from Egypt.

Eruv—Defining Space

The root of the word eruv is “blend”. This concept describes what occurs whenever one makes an eruv. The eruv is a rabbinic method to allow an otherwise rabbinic restricted activity on Shabbos and Yom Tov.


Maror is second only to matzah as a food that expresses the essence of yetzias

Cheese De-Light

It is a Jewish custom to partake of cheese during the festival of Chanukah. This is to commemorate the Jewish heroine, Yehudis, who during the Syrian-Greek occupation of Eretz Yisroel plied a highly ranked enemy officer with rich cheese and wine and during the tyrant’s drunken stupor, she decapitated this hapless official. After losing their leader, the enemy troops fled in panic.

Pesach Hotels

An outside cleaning service is brought in to clean to the mashgiach’s satisfaction. This alone can take several days and can be quite overwhelming, even for experienced mashgichim.