Have a Kosher and Happy Passover

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

9 comments

  1. Merry Passover –Charlie Buttons

    Have a good Friday, a good Shabbos, and a good Pessach –the gabbai this morning.

  2. I think that it is inappropriate and arrogant to wish someone a kosher pesach. Wy should we implicitly assume that our fellow Jew’s Pesach would be anything but. I heard this idea (approximately) from Rav David Bar-Hayim.

  3. Forgot to say-Have a happy passover!

  4. Moshe: Or maybe it’s presumptuous to assume that it will be.

    Then again, I hear Arabs wishing people a chag kasher.

  5. It is actually a curious phrase, which someone must have researched. Anyone have a link?

  6. Perhaps, the phrase is merely associated with the fact of the preparations entailed, the special food and Halachic demands associated with the same.

  7. When I was young (many years ago), my father pointed out that we wish everyone a hag kasher ve’ sameach until the time when hametz is still permitted on erev pessach. Thereafter we wish all a hag sameach. The presumption being that all is halachically correct especially since nothing can be done thereafter. We do not assume the negative with our fellow Jew.

    This, he said, was the family custom which I assume goes back generations.

    This is also parallel to the custom of wishing a gemar hatima tova after the first night of Rosh Hashanna ( tradition has it that zaddikiim get their positive decree on Rosh Hashanna night and that the rest of us have to wait until Yom kippur). Thus wishing a gemar hatima tova we are labelling the other as a zaddik rather than something less noble.

    Sam Kahan

  8. And as Groucho said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

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