This is a post in which I am annoyed.
Feel free to pass it by.
My mother called me last night. I was tired and had had a stressful day. After my mother detailed her extensive search for Nyafat (seriously, fake chicken fat), she informed me that there was something wrong with Passover this year.
What was wrong, you ask?
Well according to the temple handout on it, which my parents get because they are members and Chris and I are too cheap and lazy to pay for a temple membership yet... anyway, according to the handy temple handout... Passover starts on Shabbos this year. Shabbos, for those that don't know, is the Jewish Sabbath, and runs from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night. And because it starts on Shabbos this year, it means that we have to start eating Passover food A DAY EARLY.
Because obviously G-d has decreed this. =P
Anyway, some stupid religious law or something. But what this means is that from 10 am onwards today (why 10 am? No clue, always been 10 am), we can eat nothing but kosher for Passover food. Except for the handy little catch that we CAN'T EAT ANY MATZO yet, because we haven't had the first Passover Seder (and won't, until Saturday night). We can eat egg matzo, the handout says, although my Orthodox relatives disagree with that. (For those that care, we're going to eat the egg matzo anyway.)
So this means that I not only have eight days of Passover, I now have nine days of Passover food to prepare and eat, and I'm totally not ready. My kitchen cabinets have not been changed over yet or cleaned. My fridge has not been cleaned and changed over yet. The whole point of Passover is that you're not supposed to have any chumetz (leavened food, like bread, etc) in the house, or at least, if you do have it, it's got to be quite cleverly hidden, lest you accidentally eat it. I have been training Chris over the years, and he's gotten quite good at not eating it. But still. you're still supposed to have a chumetz-free kitchen, as much as possible (our leavened food goes and lives in our hall closet with the coats), and it's supposed to be clean. Is my kitchen clean? No, not at the moment.
And, here's the best part of Passover starting on Shabbos.
Traditionally, at 10 am on the day of the first Passover Seder, you burn some of the chumetz in your house, to show that you've gotten rid of it, and it's now a "chumetz-free" Passover home. Except, since it's Shabbos this year, you're not allowed to set things on fire, since striking a match is considered "work" and you don't work on the sabbath. So instead, the temple handout suggests that you symbolically flush your chumetz down the toilet, or perhaps throw it out.
I will be tossing a bag of stale bagels and pita bread into the garbage tomorrow. And to make G-d happy, I shall label it "Symbolic Chumetz". Oy. =)