Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Succot on Pesach

In this post, I noted that due to the whole pouring-the-water-to-kasher-the-counters thing, the pre-Pesach period (I can’t refer to this as the PPP, because I’ve already used this acronym for the post-Pesach period here) is faintly reminiscent of Succot.

But this year, the Succot overtones were stronger than ever.

Before I explain, I probably should issue a standard disclaimer:

Warning: The following paragraph contains a passing reference to our no-longer-that-recent renovations.

As you may or may not recall (and as you may or may not care), YZG and his talented team of assistants put up screens around our upstairs porch. The main point of this exercise was to encourage birds and other wildlife to go elsewhere. </Renovations reference>

But about a month ago, we realized that our screen porch would make a perfect pre-Pesach chametz room.

And so, we’ve been eating out there since last Wednesday.

As a result, we were able to:

  • Kasher our kitchen much earlier than usual;
  • Enjoy a week’s worth of semi-picnics in the fresh air;
  • And best of all, make numerous jokes about eating in the “succah”. 

In any event, the porch is now kosher for Pesach, and we’ll IY”H partake of lunch on Erev Pesach in the dining room.

And on that note, the entire Our Shiputzim staff wishes all our readers a chag kasher v’same’ach.

May we be privileged to eat from the zevachim and from the pesachim, speedily and in our days. Amen.


  1. Chag sameach! We've been eating on our porch for a few hours instead of a few days, and I've heard complaints of the chill around here. You don't have that problem.

    A friend who is visiting from Israel says he finds Sukkot much more stressful than Pesach (to continue your Sukkot-Pesach analogy). He says because on Sukkot the hard part is his responsibility. I love that decorating is built-into Sukkot, but pre-Pesach I have no time for creativity. Sigh.

  2. Raizy - I hope you're having a wonderful yom tov!

    Leora - Actually, the evenings here have still been fairly cool, and we ate supper huddled in our jackets all week. In fact, it reminded us more of Succot in the States than Succot here in Israel...

  3. Pesach and Succot are connected in many ways. Maybe they were supposed to be at the same time, the same holiday, but G-d in His wisdom realized that it would be too much to both move out and change the kitchen...

  4. Batya - You're right: building a succah while kashering the kitchen would be a bit much...
    Mo'adim l'simchah!


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