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Guide is available across Canada in new format

MK, Canada’s Kosher certifier, launched its bilingual annual Passover guide – the reference for Jewish Canadians during the holiday period – today in a new pocket size format.

“In response to feedback we have received in recent years, we have changed the format so that Jewish Canadians can more easily consult it as they do their shopping and prepare for Passover celebrations,” explains Rabbi Saul Emanuel, Executive Director Canada’s Kosher Certifier. “In so doing we have eliminated much of the advertising and made the guide more user friendly.”

“In addition,” he continued,” it is available online in an easy to use format and sections can be quickly scanned.”

The 126-page guide provides information on a wide range of topics, from the rules governing the preparation of food to the koshering of utensils and the cleaning of ovens and stove tops. The guide is divided into the following sections:

Products are identified as an acceptable without Passover Certification; must have Passover certification; suitable for Ochlei Kitniyot only when bearing Passover Certification Kitniyot; and not acceptable for Passover.

“Our health, particularly as we are trying to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, has to be our top priority,” added Rabbi Emanuel. “As we prepare for Passover, we need to be cognizant of the fact that the key to minimizing the impact of the outbreak is social distancing or more precisely severely limiting the opportunities for in person interaction. In practical terms it means we should not be travelling to be with family and friends, and we should be limiting the size of family gatherings.”

“Also,” he continued, “all medications for a heart condition, diabetes, abnormal blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, lung disease, depression, the immune system and cancer treatment must be taken on Pesach. No one should refrain from taking any required medication, even if it contains chometz, without first consulting their physician and rabbi.”

Printed copies of the guide are available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. It is available on line at

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