Proposal for Pesach Absurdity Contest

What is the most absurd product or service marketed for Pesach that you have encountered?

My submission for most absurd service offers people that will come to you to clean your car and guarantee its chametz free status. The picture in the ad shows people washing a car. Obviously, though, if one drops crumbs from munchies, they would be in the car not on the exterior. Dirt is not chametz. Keep reminding yourself of that when you read articles like the one Mother in Israel referenced that schedule when to wash the dustruffles.

My submission for most absurd product is the covering for your refrigerator handle, cabinet knobs, and telephone. I am happy to say, though, that this product does not claim any rabbinic endorsement. Really, once you feel you have to cover everything you may have touched, you may as well say you have to repaper your whole house. And to put this together with the previous service, where are the Pesach covers for the steering wheel and car door handles?


Anyone else have a suggestion for absurdities suggested for Pesach?

Comments

Ariella said…
One year, I think it was the spring issue of 2 years ago, I put a bunch of my favorite Pesach recipes in Kallah Magazine. I introduced them with an observation that all who go to hotels for Pesach are compelled to eat non-gebrokts. So there is an advantage -- with respect to variety of dishes -- to staying home.

A teacher of mine once told us that her brother-in-law asked a rabbi about being matir neder to eat gebrokts. The rabbi told him there is no need to do so for a minhag shtus. When I relayed this to some of my Chabad relatives, one of them declared the rabbi a heretic. Among Chabad, they are so concerned about avoiding gebroks that some eat their matza out of plastic bags. Yet, they still will grind up the hand shmura matza to make a point of eating matza balls on the last day.
Zadok said…
The rabbi told him there is no need to do so for a minhag shtus.

I'm not makpid on Gebrokts butI protest a 'rabbi' or anyone else making such such a comment about a long time well known Minhog in Kllal Yisroel.
sts said…
One innovative company is selling pre-wrapped 10 pieces of bread for Bedikas Chameetz...
Now if they would automatically self-destruct if they haven't been found by Z'man Bi'ur *that* would be useful...
Ariella said…
Zadok, I was quoting as I was told not judging one way or the other.

sts, that's right! I remember seeing that last year, though I didn't notice it this year. It's probably really meant for those people who go away from home, so they can do bedikas chametz in the hotel room. But I asked the store propieters what they do with the unsold bedikas chametz kits themselves, as they would have to either sell or destroy them.

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