Monday, April 02, 2007

Bonfire of the Vanities (so to speak)

There's something to be said for tossing the chametz into the backyard garbage can, throwing newspaper on top, and starting a bonfire that attracts every kid on the block. I have fond memories of my father's annual chametz burn-a-thon. Our son definitely missed out on that--there's no drama in dumping the chametz down the compactor chute. (Boring.)

On that note, here are some last-minute links. Enjoy The PT's percussion-enhanced rehearsal for the Four Questions ("Ma Nishtanah") and the video that inspired this post, Mark's/PT's parody masterpiece (from last year) on the Four Children, plus a little last-second music before Sefirah.

And now, for a thirty-second nap before the synagogue's seder.

But first, let me (and TorontoPearl) leave you with this wish: Happy Pesach to all, and to all a good night.


Blogger Elie said...

We still do the driveway bonfire. We actually have an old metal trash can that we only use once a year, on erev pesach to burn the chometz. As a kid this was my favorite part of Pesach, even more than the seder!

Thu Apr 05, 10:38:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Neat! I'm glad to see that that old tradition is still alive and well among house owners.

I completely forgot about the fact that garbage cans are very often plastic nowadays, whereas, when I was growing up, they were almost always metal. The garbage can that my father used for burning chametz was metal. As the saying goes, folks, do not try this at home--*never* burn anything in a plastic garbage can or any other plastic container! (See my blog entry about Shavuot two years ago, when a plastic cutting board fell onto a lit stove burner and started a fire! French-fried stove is not recommended, especially as it often leads to french-fried home and . . . well, let's not go there. The Torah commands us to guard our souls and chose life.)

Thu Apr 05, 11:03:00 AM 2007  

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