I plan on this being my last Pesach-related post. Thanks to a pre-Yom Tov discussion with our offspring, we enjoyed the last day of the holiday. Two out of our five guests actually showed up. On erev chag, I went around to the neighbors collecting potatoes, which they were happy to donate to the cause before they got moldy. I had to ask the guests to bring their leftover matzah, and I used up every onion and carrot in the house.
My son read the Torah so beautifully that even the ezrat nashim (women’s section) quieted down. No one could see him, and I wanted to turn around and point to myself so everyone would know he was mine. But I restrained myself. My husband said that a lot of the men came over to him afterward, but I didn’t get any of the glory. Oh well, he taught him.
Here are Mother in Israel’s tips for after Pesach.
- Make a list of what you ate. Mine reads something like: Went away for Shabbat. Ate 7+ kg of matzah, 60 eggs, 2/3 liters of oil, 120 potatoes. Make sure to have enough peanut butter in the house for before and after Pesach, and buy extra tuna.
- Mark down what equipment you need to buy, and what was kashered. Keep the list handy in case you see something on sale. Get rid of the things you didn’t use.
- Put away what you can for next year, and note that as well. I put away foil and plastic, potato starch (it keeps for years), dish detergent, Shabbat toothpaste, and paper cups. I know people who keep spices in the freezer from year to year.
- Resist making Pesach dishes and utensils chametzdik, unless you planned it in advance. You’ll miss those items next year.
- Think about your Pesach preparations–what worked and what didn’t? For example, I am planning to cut inexpensive plastic tablecloth material into drawer liners, because cutting shelf-paper is a time-consuming chore.
- Finding space to store Pesach items can be a good investment.