Plenty Of Cleaning To Do As Observant Jews Prepare For Passover

NEW YORK (1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — Passover begins next Monday evening, but for observant Jews, there is plenty of work to do before then.

Jews marking the eight-day remembrance of the ancient Israelites leaving Egypt after being freed from slavery must sanctify their homes.

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Andrea cleans her kitchen. (credit: Alice Stockton-Rossini, 1010 WINS)

So what does that involve? Jews are expected to follow a strict diet that involves ridding the home of any leavened bread, or chametz. Followers of the faith are forbidden from possessing or eating anything made of wheat, oat, barley spelt or rye.

Alice Stockton-Rossini spoke with one Riverdale resident named Andrea about how she was preparing for Passover.

Andrea was hard at work sweeping her home, cleaning the refrigerator and sorting the pantry in addition to scrubbing the sinks and pouring boiling water on them to keep kosher.

“I always start from the top and work my way down,” she said. “I’m going to look behind cabinets, take my cushions from my couches and my chairs, air them out and look to see if there are crumbs in there.”

After getting to every kitchen cabinet and lining them with plastic, Andrea still had to clean the car, which must be done before shopping for kosher food.

“You don’t want to be looking in your cabinet and all of a sudden see a granola bar,” she said.

1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini reports from Riverdale

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Andrea With Her Dog (credit: Alice Stockton-Rossini, 1010 WINS)

While she has been working hard to prepare her home, Andrea did admit to taking some kosher shortcuts.

“Our cook is unbelievable and we love him because I don’t want to be doing dishes at 2 in the morning after the Seder is over,” she said.

Andrea said that she even has to factor in how to feed her dog when preparing to mark the holiday.

“I have to cook for my dog for Passover because his food has wheat in it –which is a problem. So what he gets to eat — boiled chicken and potatoes and he loves it.”

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond with Beth Schwartz of the Upper West Side

  • robin

    Very funny! Better keep that dawg outside.



  • vy

    Of course for the 75% of the world’s Jews who are not orthodox, who live very openly Jewish lives and bring up involved Jewish children who then marry and bring up the next generation of involved Jewsih children, we don’t have to clean anything.
    We just buy what special kosher for Passover foods we need and use them over the 8 days of Passover.
    And we carry on the continuation of the Jewish people as we have for 100’s of years.
    And if our homes are not up to orthodox standards, so be it.
    As long as the Passover Holiday is celebrated, and the story of the Jewish People’s liberation from Egypt is told and explained to the next generation, the Jewish people will be fine.

    • Andrea

      Everyone should celebrate in a way that makes you feel the sense on continuity and religious fulfillment. As Jews we have been persecuted through the millenniums. It is our job to be tolerant of others—live and let live..

  • Yitzhak

    Moishe — I couldn’t agree with you anymore. The zionists are what is giving us Jews a bad name. We need to stop supporting their filthy greed and make them leave the land they don’t belong on.

  • avi

    moishe- you sound like an ignorant person who lives in haredi darkness. you are a CHILUL HASHEM causing needless hatred. your religion has nothing to do with judaism, you broke away from it a long time ago.
    Go stay in your darkness. Jewish history is passing you by. you are quite irrelevant as is your anti zionist movement.

  • AmyC

    very organized and impressive…Happy Passover

  • simon goldfarb

    For once a poitive story on the Jewish faith instead of that pandering you communists do supporting the Islamist pigs who tried to burn this city down. The executives of this station should be tried for treason.

    • Moishe

      I’ll support the arabs and the muslims before I support zionist pigs who hijacked judaism, and them occupy land that doesn’t belong to them. You should be tried for being stupid and ignorant. Zionism is racism. They don’t protect me or my country the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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