Nissan 15, 5777
April 11, 2017
Happy Passover! Chag Sameach!
Some numerical Passover trivia for you today as you enjoy eating all of the leftovers (if there are any) from the seder last night:
1. The first day of Passover cannot take place on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Remember that Passover this year began on Monday at sundown–which means Tuesday on the Jewish calendar.
2. The first day of Passover always falls on the same day of the week as Tisha B’Av.
3. The most common number in the Passover Haggadah is 4: 4 questions, 4 sons, 4 cups of wine, 4 terms of redemption, etc.
4. Speaking of the 4 cups of wine, the halachic quantity of liquid that is supposed to be in each cup each time is a minimum of 3.3 oz (98cc). According to Jewish law, drinking means taking two swallows without pausing.
5. Considering that Moses is such a central figure to the exodus from Egypt, it is surprising that he is only mentioned once in the Haggadah.
6. On the subject of matza, 18 minutes is the longest that matza can be baked.
7. According to the story, 600,000 Jews left Egypt in the exodus.
8. The oldest known, complete, Haggadah is dated to the 10th century CE.
9. Jews wash our hands 2 times during the Passover meal. Did you do so last night?
10. Six items appear on the Passover plate. Can you name them?