Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pesach cleaning tips from Rabbi Moshe Finkelstein

Those resonated so much with me that I felt I ought to share them with you!

"In former times, wealthy people who had large houses also had many servants who did their every bidding. Today, we seem to be caught in a trap. The average modern home is larger than formerly. Furniture, utensils and clothes are much more plentiful. However, we do not have all the servants they did, so most of the chores fall on the housewife. [My note: most of us also live at a much faster pace and have more additional obligations].

As a result of this, the pressure of pre-Pesach cleaning has reached unnecessary and overwhelming levels. The housewife often becomes overly nervous, unable to enjoy Pesach and perform the mitzvos of the Seder night [my note: because she is so tired she falls asleep before Seder is over. This always happens to my mother-in-law.]."

While doing the Pesach arrangements, of course we discover many nooks and crannies that should have been cleaed/dusted/organized, but until this moment, were not. It doesn't mean we ought to do it all before Pesach! My solution, when time runs short, is to compile a list of post-Pesach tasks, to be dealt with at a more leisurely pace. 

Or, to summarize this, dust is not chametz!

"Some women have a habit of taking a bite of matzoh, then running back and forth to the kitchen taking a few more bites in between. In this way, it takes them too long to eat the matzoh, and they do not fulfill the mitzvah properly. The same is true about the wine [and other Seder atributes]. Therefore, do not leave the table until you have finished eating the required amount. Sit like a Queen! [My note: this can be difficult to do if you've been on the edge for a fortnight before Pesach. The cleaning race is over, but you find it hard to relax]."

So, if time is pressing, Pesach cleaning can be separated from spring cleaning. Cleaning windows is good, but no one said this must be done a week before Pesach!


Sjondi said...

Amen v'amen!!!! Our local kosher market has already begun to prepare for Pesach and the owner and I both sighed at the over-whelming task of de-chametzing! I'll try to keep seated throughout MOST of the seder :). Shalom, shalom.

Analytical Adam said...

Since this site is suppose to be fighting against "feminism" I have to ask why a woman would want a male Rabbi to tell them how to do their cleaning. Shouldn't that be between the husband and wife to discuss.

And if there was an idea shouldn't it be a woman telling you this and not a man since they have more personal experience.

If the Male Rabbi is just stealing the idea's of his wife without giving credit that is not right either.

I don't know what to say. Any male leader is suppose to be respected by other men. That is the way it was in the Jewish bible. But feminist influenced have become the dominant feature of our religion due to us being in exile and bad men being rewarded.

Avigayil said...

Um. I don't think you can say that this blog is "supposed to be fighting against feminism". The blog's author does have strong opinions on the detriments of modern day feminism but the blog isn't only about that since she addresses a wide range of home/family-related issues.

Not only that, if you think this blog is a fight against feminism, then it would seem that asking a male Rabbi for advice is exactly that - a "fight against feminism" - since a "feminist" in the 1970s sense of the term wouldn't see the need for asking a male for advice and yet our blog's author has/does/will.

I will go further and say that if this author is fighting for anything, she is advocating for TRUE feminism - the right for a woman to feel content and satisfied that she is creating and building something lasting and worthwhile by investing her all in her home and family. There is nothing more feminine than that!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Thanks, Avigayil. :-)

Anonymous said...

Adam, if you don't know what to say then maybe you shouldn't say anything at all!