During the 8 days of the Passover festival it is forbidden for a Jew to have any “chametz” (refers to bread, grains and leavened products that are not consumed during Passover) in their possession. We throw lots of stuff away, clean like germaphobes with OCD, and seal any cabinets in the kitchen with masking tape that contain chametz products that we didn’t want to toss out. Then we sign a contract with our rabbis to “sell our chametz” in a paper transaction that removes ownership of the products sealed in our houses until the holiday is over, at which time the chametz are transferred back to our possession.
Enter the Internet
My wife usually needs to remind and remind me again to sell the chametz. I usually wait until a day or two before Passover before signing the 1 page simple contract with our rabbi and fulfilling the obligation. Well not this year. Here I am almost a week away and I fulfilled my obligation without ever leaving my home.
My friend Yoni forwarded a link to Kipa.com’s program to sell your chumetz online. The site is in Hebrew, but thanks to Google Translate (or the built in translator on Google Chrome) I could read what it said. Basically, you enter your email address and they send you a verification code. You then enter the verification code, which brings up the web form equivalent of the rabbis contract asking for your name, home address, phone number, and places where chametz can be found. The whole process took me 3-minutes and once finished I received a verification email that my chametz would be “sold” right before the holiday and revert back to me 1-hour after it.
This brilliant use of the Internet is just another reason I love all things online. What are some of the novel things you have found the Internet to do that used to require physical actions?