Pesach Mission #9: The children are not the Passover sacrifice!
That is a quote from Rav Aviner that really stuck with me. What have our kids learned from this past week of vacation? Is Pesach a fun holiday for them or a burden? Are their parents spending quality time with them or are they constantly yelling? I grew up dreading Pesach because of all the back-breaking work involved. My oldest daughter, however, once told me that Pesach is her favorite holiday. Why? Because of all the fun things we do TOGETHER. That is when I realized that I was able to break the chain of suffering. I remember a woman wrote into a forum I belonged to saying that she broke her leg a few weeks before Pesach and was having 30 people at her seder. She was distraught that she won’t be able to get everything done in time. Several women offered time-saving tips, but one or two…
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Pesach mission #8: Smell the flowers
Last Shabbat was Rosh Chodesh Nisan. It is tradition to say a blessing now on the flowering fruit trees that smell so wonderful.
Take a few minutes from your hectic schedule and go out to an orchard. Recite the blessing below:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלֹּא חִסֵּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבוֹת לֵהָנוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם.
Translation: Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has made nothing lacking in His world, and created in it goodly creatures and goodly trees to give mankind pleasure.
It is so important not to forget to stop and breathe during this oh-so-crazy time. Why don’t you make it a picnic while you are there?
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updated for 2015
We have been going pretty slowly up until now, and now we have no choice but to plunge right in. Tackle a big room and just do it!
FlyLady’s web site has a great method for cleaning rooms- each area of the house is divided into five zones.
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Since we have all of our cleaning supplies and we know how many guests we will be having, it is time to tackle the linen closet.
NOTE: This mission, as well as future missions, describe an in-depth cleaning and purging. This is more than a cleaning for chametz and should not be construed as necessary preparations for Pesach. Dust is not chametz! Clean according to your comfort level.
Look at your closet- is it overstuffed? Very messy and disorganized?
Hopefully you have a…
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Today we need to pull out our cleaning supplies and assess what we need.
This is my list of essential cleaning supplies:
If you use vinegar and baking soda, you can combine many of these items. There are some good recipes here.
Now that all of your supplies are in order, you can guess what will be in the next mission!
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Today we are going to make our holiday guest list.
This list is essential for the next stages of Pesach prep- don’t procrastinate!
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If you are a pet owner, you have several choices for Pesach:
Being in Israel, we have many more KLP options for our pets. Here is a sampling:
Other places to purchase KLP pet food:
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One of the best ways to gain control over Pesach is through lists. I already talked about the shopping list in my previous post, but there are other lists I recommend:
You can find all of these lists on the “Organizational Tools” page. Click here for Pesach mission #3: Feed the dogs
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