Shout out to Rebecca Obedian who shared this with me. It is an excellent question? Do we fill out houses with the storable hametz that will see us through the pandemic or do we clear our houses of leaven and get ready for Passover.
My Three Thoughts
- Get Corona supplies! Now is not the time to focus on the strictures of Passover. Now is the time to make sure you have enough supplies that you have to leave the house in the most limited way possible. Health first!You can still sell your chametz here www.woodburyjc.org/passover and then it will be available for you after the holiday.
- On the other hand... Is this so much worse than the many plagues, pogroms, and slaveries the Jewish people have endured. If they could attempt to celebrate passover in the camps surely we can do with less and make it work. Perhaps this is exactly the moment to test our resolve. Perhaps we should clean house despite the pandemic and show ourselves what really matters!
- On the other other hand... perhaps these should be two conflicting values that we hold onto at the same time. We could buy supplies but make sure to donate some of them to a local food pantry. We could still set them aside and have a full passover. Perhaps it is in this balance that we show ourselves and the world exactly what Judaism has to offer. We accept and interact with the world as it is, but we also struggle and dream of the world as it could be.