There is just over a week to go before Pesach (the holiday of Passover), and in the middle of cleaning, menu planning for the holiday, and purchasing food and clothing for the family, most women are looking at all of the chametz (leavened substances which are prohibited to eat or have in your house on Passover) that they still need to get rid of.
The very organized women will of course have menu plans for the next few days that use most of it. The less organized (I fall into this category) will have too much to use up.
One alternative is to donate the chametz to charity, but this only covers unopened packages. What do you do with the rest?
This is where the email comes in, and some of the very interesting, and strange offers to be found. About 6 months ago our yishuv decided to open a email list just for the women. This was done so that we could discuss both delicate matters such as our local mikveh, and more prosaic matters like requests for Purim costumes, recipes, hat sales, and the new exercise craze, Zomba.
Today I saw offers of opened bags of bread crumbs, pearl barley, and ice cream cones.
I have an opened box of lasagna noodles – too little to feed my family, but enough for a couple. Any takers?