The festival of Passover (Pesach) is almost here. We have finished koshering our kitchen from year-around into Passover. There has not been any bread or cake,or cookie at my house for a few days, already. We have finished up the contents of our fridge and the chickens bound for soup have almost finished defrosting.
Life is good! We need to get more veggies, more plastic plates and a new faucet and… OK, so there is still plenty to do. But some things have to be done no matter what. One of the most important ones is to sell our hometz. Do not know what I am talking about? Glad you asked!
During the festival of Passover Jews are prohibited from owning leavening. Of course, it might be nice to discard all of our cooking thingies once a year and buy new ones. But it just is not practical. So what we do is sell it to the reliable non-Jew for the duration of the Holiday and buy them back right after. The same goes for all the cookies we got on sale and other such things. The sale of the hometz has to be done through experienced Rabbi. And do not forget the hometz left at your Mom’s house, your office or the trunk of your car. And now you can do it even online.
P.S. Another thing to remember, of course, is to buy your matza! A couple of days ago DH brought in ours. It is a huge 8 kilo box. The matzos are big round and usually slightly burned. They are the authentic hand-made shmura matzos. Comparing to them the machine-made square matza looks and feels synthetic. I found this video on Y-tube that shows how this matza baked.