Alright, halfway done. There, I said it. I know there is about a week till Pesach- but B"H- well on schedule, even with NBD being extremely cute and charming. What can I do? I have to stop and play with her sometimes, I just have to.
So, I decided to play devil's advocate with myself. Why am I cleaning so much?
What makes me decide to Pesach clean every book in the house even though we probably won't read more than 2 of them over Yom Tov?
What causes me to reorganize closets, and shuffle drawers?
I mean, if it was up to a guy- they would say- well, it has to be more than a kezayis, and it has to be edible by a dog, and if it is less than a kezayis we only worry about it if it comes to the table...so.....there, I'm finished, in less than a day.
It seems that Pesach has become a time for me, as well as other women and girls, to obsessively clean, far more than necessary.
I must have hit the roof when I heard, "Well, you could actually use a soup that you cooked before Pesach with your chametz pots on Pesach. Because the little chametz on your pot is batel before Pesach."
I always thought that my countertop had to be left for 24 hours, kashered 3 times with boiling water, and then covered. Now I hear, "Well, if you're going to cover it after all that, then what's
So why in heaven's name did Jewish women throughout history obsessively clean?
I think it stems from an old story. There was this Rav, who asked his wife why she was scrubbing the walls and the floors. After all, we don't really eat on our walls, so the possibility of there being more than a kezayis of chametz on the walls is almost nil.
She answered, "If the cleaning was left up to you, we'd have chametz in our house on Pesach."
We clean because we know, that if we clean far more than necessary, the chance of there being chametz in our houses goes down to nil. If we just cleaned what's needed, the risk of finding that pretzel during bedikas chametz, or not finding it at all, goes up astronomically.
So, we clean. We clean and clean, we spring clean and regular clean and Mr. Clean all in one.
So pass me the bleach, okay? Thanks.
EDIT: How do y'all like the new look? Comment please!
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