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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

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      Adar Bet 17, 5768, 3/24/2008

      Pesach Alert-Don't Be Taken In!


      It's amazing what can be found on the market, with proper, strict rabbinic supervision.  And the prices go up for it.

      Now, do all these things really need to be Kosher for Passover?

      When I first became religious, I was sort of floundering, without much help.  I had heard that anything a dog would eat must be checked for chametz.  I didn't feel comfortable asking my rabbi everything, but I did have a dog.

      Yes, that's Awol and her buddy Sebastian.  They were a great team.  Of course, I didn't need Sebastian's opinion about what products need rabbinic supervision for Passover.  Honestly, Awol was very helpful.  She wouldn't go near bleach and other cleaning products, a girl after my own heart.  I remember consulting with her about my blush-on.  At first she got close, rather curious, even though she didn't need any with her coloring.  Then after one wary sniff, she refused to return.

      Passover is a stressful enough holiday and a lot of businesses try to take advantage of us.  A bit of common sense goes a long way.  I'm glad I never boiled my bite plate.  It had a tooth attached, since a permanent one fell out when I fell in Kiddy City at the age of eight.

      Of course, if you eat all over the house and can't get it cleaned you may have to cover your bed like this couch.

      And remember, if you don't eat off of the windows, there shouldn't be any chametz to be found on them.  Dirt isn't chametz either.  Awol wouldn't touch the bleach, nor any of the detergents.  And don't forget to take some time off and enjoy springtime!