In The Way: The Leavenator!
Iâ€™ve heard talk about the best way to get â€œridâ€ of the leaven. I use quotation marks because many of the ways donâ€™t involve ridding oneâ€™s self from the leaven as much as just distancing oneâ€™s self from it. For instance, some people choose to put their leaven in a box and store it at another personâ€™s home, preferably a relative. This can be one of those times when itâ€™s good to have relatives who donâ€™t observe Torah themselves. And, I dare say, some may refrain from proselytizing said relatives during the Feast of Unleavened Bread for fear of them finally catching on and tossing out those bulk boxes of Capâ€™n Crunch you got on sale. I call this the â€œStore Next Doorâ€ method. If this is your preferred method, please invite me to your Capâ€™n Crunch feast immediately after weâ€™re back on leaven.
Some talk of burning the leaven. I like this method since I like burning stuff. I do find myself battling with my own scruples when any plastic containers are thrown in along with the leaven. At that point I start to wonder if Iâ€™m in the wrong by allowing the emission of dangerous chlorofluorocarbon gasses from the burning of plastic and what not. All my happy â€œIâ€™m a good Torah observant guyâ€ feelings get choked by the gasses and guilt and Iâ€™m left wondering if Iâ€™m killing some defenseless bird in the tree and leaving the baby eggs which would, of course, fault me on an altogether different commandment. All of a sudden, I lose my fire for the burning process altogether (pun fully intended).
How about giving away your leaven to the less fortunate? That rubs me in a weird direction. Weâ€™re essentially taking our sin and telling someone, â€œHere, eat my sin!â€ Iâ€™d feel worse for such a deed. Iâ€™d rather get him a banana or a turkey leg so neither of us are in the wrong. But then that doesnâ€™t solve my getting-rid-of-leaven problem. Yet, that does solve my give-a-bum-a-banana problem but thatâ€™s another story.
I read that some folks sell their leaven and, to do so, they must have a Rabbi act as a broker of sorts to make sure everything is done right. Thereâ€™s a rule about not profiting from leaven so Iâ€™m guessing it has to be sold at cost accounting for depreciation. What exactly is the market value of half a loaf of bread or a one straggler beer-battered fish stick? And furthermore, whoâ€™s going to buy it? Good luck with that on eBay.
Personally, I like the idea of taking some time before and simply not buying any leaven stuff to begin with. I feel that, by doing so, Iâ€™d kind of be trying to eliminate the sin and not inviting any more sin before the big day. Then I start to think that it would be a good idea to live my life like that â€“ slowly not bringing in sin while purging whatever sin I do have. Of course, itâ€™s going to take a lot of â€œlabel readingâ€ to find all the leaven in my life since Iâ€™ve been so entangled with the world. But itâ€™s a process.
And, just so you know, Iâ€™m no expert on this leaven-eradication subject. Iâ€™m just giving my thoughts. I advise you to take my comments with a grain of salt. Just donâ€™t take them with a lump of leaven.