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In-depth exploration of the laws and customs of Passover from The Book of Our Heritage: The Jewish Year and its days of significance

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The Book of Our Heritage
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First published in Hebrew under the name Sefer HaToda'a (literally, "The Book of Knowledge/Awareness") in 1963, Rabbi Eliyahu KiTov's Book of Our Heritage, became an instant classic. In the forty years since, it has become a favorite and indispensable resource for students and educators, for novices and scholars alike, and a "must have" for every Jewish library.

The Book of the Heritage follows the annual cycle of the Jewish calendar, devoting a section to each of its twelve months, and the festivals and special days it contains. It summarizes the laws and customs, then delves into their history, the reasons and meanings behind the observances, as well as their mystical underpinnings.

The following pages contain excerpts from the English edition published by Feldheim, translated by Rabbi Nathan Bulman and edited by Dovid Landesman.

Excerpts from the Book of Our Heritage
All about Shabbat Hagadol, the "great" Shabbat that directly precedes Passover. Rabbi Ki-Tov explains its history and customs.
Learn about matzah, shmurah matzah, as well as the significance of handmade matzah.
Rabbi Ki-Tov offers an in-depth examination of the Passover Seder, its rituals, customs and prayers.
The Torah writes: "And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of the Shabbat, from the day that you bring the omer [offering] that is raised, seven complete weeks there shall be until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count fifty days" (Leviticus 23:1516).
Rabbi Ki-Tov explores the significance and traditions of the last days of Passover.
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Solomon North York, ON via chabad.ca April 21, 2011

Is it okay to go out to a coffee house and get regular tea or espresso, even though it does not require a Passover hechsher? I never saw Passover pastries. Reply