With the run-up to Pesach hotting up (in some cases quite literally) I was grateful to a friend who introduced me to the 'hagalah' place round the corner. This is where Yiddish-speaking genial gents will boil your metalware in a huge cauldron and then plunge it into cold, so that it is 'kosher for Pesach'. Other kitchenware can be passed through a flame instead:
Before the operation, we are supposed to have washed and inspected our cutlery and other items at home. However, the experts on hand go over this again, and if necessary take their own scourer to it:
In the past, we did everything in urns with a net the night before, but this is much easier and quicker. And only goes to show the number of services offered by the Jewish community to make pre-Pesach cleaining (the scourge of the Jewish woman world wide) that much easier and efficient.
Which means that this afternoon I can sit down with the Haggadah commentary written by the great female Israeli commentator, Nechama Leibowitz:
and this from my friend who works for the Jewish Agency and has just sent it me: