Ask Our Rabbis – April 9th, 2022

Q: On Pesach some offer the greeting of Pesach Kasher V’Sameach (“a Kosher and Joyous
Pesach”). Why don’t we do so on other Jewish festivals, such as Sukkos Kasher V’Sameach,
or Chag Kasher V’Sameach (“a Kosher and Joyous Festival / Holiday”)?

A: Pesach occurs in the month of Nisan, the first month of the Jewish calendar. Therefore,
Pesach is the first chag (festival) of the year. When we wish others a Pesach Kasher, we’re
actually referring to all the festivals! In what way? The letters of the phrase Pesach Kasher
spell out : Purim, Sukkos, Chanukah, (Yom) Kippur, Shavous, Rosh HaShana. ,פורים ,סוכות
חנוכה ,כיפור ,שבועות ,ראש השנה