Sunday, April 17, 2011

Curses, foiled again :)

Here we are, showing our mettle, er, metal, pre-Pesach. :)

Remind me never to volunteer to cover the breakfront doors again (as in, no chametz shall be seen in your dwellings)--my arms are as short as the rest of me, making tearing sheets of foil long enough to cover these windows almost impossible. As you can see, I've resorted to "masking-tape surgery." :)

It's a good thing that I thought to check my waist pouch at the last minute, just in case--I'd forgotten that I'd put a Larabar in there (as "emergency rations")! It's also amazing how much lighter my pouch is, now that I've removed the gazillion batteries that I used to need for my old camera and my CD player.


Blogger Philo said...


Is there actual chametz in the breakfront, or just chametz dishes? If it's the latter, you certainly don't need to cover.

Mon Apr 18, 09:46:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

The breakfront currently contains not only the usually dishes, silverware, challah board, kiddush cups, etc., but also anything from the kitchen that we couldn't "hide" in the kitchen cabinets, which are stuffed full of non-Pesachdik food. All of the edible chametz (sold, of course) and kitniyot are in the kitchen cabinets. Any appliances, kitchen utensils, etc. that we can't squash into the kitchen cabinets end up in the breakfront. The pots and microwave are double-wrapped in plastic garbage bags and are sitting on the kitchen floor. Where the heck I hid the rice-cooker, I can't even remember. (Oy. Yet another mystery to be solved post-Pesach.)

The job I did on the breakfront windows didn't even last until this morning, I'm sorry to say--the masking tape didn't hold. If my husband's repairs (with Scotch tape) don't work, maybe we'll just skip trying a third time, if the covers are unnecessary. Thanks for the information, Philo.

Mon Apr 18, 10:44:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Miami Al said...

Pretty sure you're decorating, not hiding chometz for Pesach.

Mon Apr 18, 12:33:00 PM 2011  
Anonymous jdub said...

agree with Al. Dishes aren't chametz and don't need to be hidden. All of our regular dishes that are ordinarily visible through the glass breakfront and glass cabinets are equally visible on Pesach. Indeed, one might argue that by doing what you've done, you are indicating that you have sold your dishes, which would then require t'vilah in the mikvah post-pesach (not saying it does, simply saying it could be interpreted as such). You aren't selling your dishes (or the chametz that supposedly is absorbed into them), you are simply putting them away for the chag.

Mon Apr 18, 01:50:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Miami Al said...

Although if you have sell your chometz, they sell your absorbed/embedded chometz.

Very key that you do NOT sell your dishes, otherwise, you have to tovel them, as they are purchased from a gentile.

You need to hide/sell chometz like a loaf of bread, box of pasta, etc. Full chometz that have a retail value. You need to destroy/burn/nullify "crumbs" of chometz that you can't sell (there is no market value for an open box of cheerios).

Why would you hide your rice-cooker? That's a harmless item, you're not going to go to cook Kitniyot on it and accidentally bake a load of bread, just get it out of the way.

Personally, I see open bottles of liquor, since there IS a market value for them... place down the street charges $5 for 2 oz of it. :)

I move the dishes out of glass cabinets and into non-glass ones, not to avoid looking at them on Pesach, but because I need those glass cabinets to store my Pesach dishes. :)

Feel free to gaze at all your non-Pesach dishware all Chag, just don't eat off them lest you accidentally consume chometz that didn't fully clear off of it.

Shira, there is a video making the rounds of a woman talking to her mom behind a glass wall, it looks like she's in prison, daughter wants to know when she'll see her... camera zooms out, it's NOT a mom is prison, it's a mom cleaning a bathtub.

The plug is to learn Hilchos Pesach and not be imprisoned for a month. :)

We also purge a LOT of food, best time to make sure things don't sit forever.

Mon Apr 18, 02:23:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Philo, JDub, and Miami Al, thanks for the information. We'll skip the apparently-unnecessary work next year. Pesach Kasher v'Sameiach (A Kosher and Happy Passover), everyone!

Mon Apr 18, 05:28:00 PM 2011  

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