1. Diaspora Jews Celebrate 3 Days in a Row

The Seders of Passover 2023 are on Wednesday and Thursday nights (April 5 and 6), meaning that the first two days of Passover (April 6 and 7) lead right into Shabbat. Since you’ll be having three days in a row of either Shabbat or holiday, make sure to shop, cook, and otherwise prepare enough food to last for three festive days.

Print: The Passover Calendar

2. We Make an Eruv Tavshilin

Since (for Diaspora Jews) the holiday leads directly into Shabbat, when no cooking is allowed, the sages permit us to cook during the holiday for Shabbat (with some important caveats), provided that some of the Shabbat food has been cooked before the onset of the holiday. This is known as an eruv tavshilin. On Wednesday afternoon, as you make your frantic final preparations for the Seder, don’t forget to prepare your eruv tavshilin!

Read: Eruv Tavshilin Instructions

3. It’s a Hakhel Year!

In ancient times, every 7 years the entire nation would gather in the Holy Temple to hear the king read from the Torah. Today, the seventh year, known as a Hakhel year, is a special time for gathering Jewish people together to study Torah, gain inspiration, or even just enjoy each other’s company. Passover is a perfect time to host YOUR Hakhel gathering.

Read: 12 Hakhel Facts

4. Israeli Matzah Is Made With Stored Wheat

This past year was a Shemitah year, when most farming activities are forbidden in Israel. This means that your Israeli matzahs, which were baked earlier this winter, were made from wheat that grew not last year, but the year before that. Wheat stores well, and the taste should be identical.

Read: How Is Shemitah Observed by Diaspora Jews?

5. Ukrainian Matzah Is … Made in Ukraine

Ukraine, which has been at war for more than a year now, is a major supplier of the world’s wheat (as symbolized on the Ukrainian flag, where the yellow bottom signifies a wheat field). In recent years, the handmade matzah bakery in Dnipro has emerged as a source of high-quality matzah, made to the highest standards. Even as the war rages on, the bakery has been open, providing livelihood for dozens of families. Consider purchasing Ukrainian matzah in support of the people of Ukraine.

Read: The History of Ukraine’s Matzah Bakeries

6. The Shmurah Matzah Campaign Is in Its 70th year

These days, many Jews enjoy round, handmade matzahs, especially for the Seder. These matzahs are made in accordance with time-hallowed traditions. With the advent of industrialization, however, they almost disappeared in favor of the cheaper, more efficient, square, machine-made matzahs. In advance of Passover 1954, the Rebbe launched a campaign to get round shmurah matzah onto as many Seder tables as possible. This year, as the campaign celebrates its 70th year, the proof is in the pudding.

Read: The History of the Shmurah Matzah Campaign

7. It’s Now!

The Kabbalists teach us that every moment G‑d creates the world anew. This year brings with it new significance and fresh opportunities that have never existed before and will never exist again. Grab the moment, and make this a Passover to remember!
Read: 14 Passover Facts and Traditions