Pesach and Equal Rights

As the joy of Purim is still fresh in our minds, allow me to insert some humor into my Pesach remarks.

A wife asks her husband: “Darling, would you mind helping me with the Passover cleaning?” The hubby responds, “What do you think I’m the Korban Pesach (the Paschal sacrifice)?” The wife retorts “What do you think I am, the Korban Tamid (the daily sacrifice)!?”

Yes, my friends, Pesach season has arrived, and if you do a little research into the definition of the word “P E S A C H”, this is what you’ll find:

Prepare,
Entertain
Scour,
Arrange,
Clean,
Host.

To sum up, Pesach involves a lot of house chores that in past generations fell upon the shoulders of dedicated wives. I don’t know how you were raised, but when I was growing up, it was actually my father who did the brunt of the housework. He washed the floors (i.e. the Israeli version of floor washing called “spongia”), he washed the dishes, prepared our school lunches, vacuumed the rugs, cleaned behind the fridge, etc. According to family legend, a few days after the wedding of my parents, my grandparents spent Shabbat at the newlyweds’ home. When my grandfather of blessed memory, witnessed my father cleaning, he roared “Haben sheli ya’aseh Spongia!!” My son should do spongia!!” “No son of mine should do women’s work!”

Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. Indeed, in this day and age, we raise our children to be both responsible and to share equally the obligations of the world. Today, both men and women can aspire to achieve the very best. Our fair state of New Mexico finally has a female governor leading it.

So, in this season of Passover cleaning, don’t forget to include the whole family in getting rid of the Chametz (bread products), and clean your houses from prejudice, and bask in a warm and happy Pesach!

Buenos pésaj!