Discover the smart way to screen for chametz
SHAKE UP Passover preparation in your house this year — by getting the apps. Smartphone technology is embracing the exodus and it is worth checking out what it has to offer to lessen the humdrum nature out of getting ready for the holiday.
G-dcast (the developers’ spelling, not mine) has come up with an app called Let’s Get Ready For Passover. It opens to a page of a cartoon boy and girl holding Passover foods, as Dayenu plays, with four options for the user: play, learn, bake and surprise.
Choose “play” and you get to take part in a fun game based on the searchfor-chametz ceremony conducted the night before Passover. You locate the leavened items in the rooms with your finger, starting in the bedroom of a youngster who has left challah on the chair and pasta on the floor. Once this is achieved, you can move on through the other rooms.
“It’s good because it has plenty of levels to get through, and it is fun,” says Libby, my seven-year-old. “It helps you feel that Pesach is coming.” The learn”section features a short text about Passover, the bake section consists of a recipe for matzah brei. The others section is a surprise for when you complete the game, so I should not say what it is.
Like Libby, I enjoyed this app, though I did feel the learn and bake sections could have been more imaginative and in the case of “bake” better titled, as matzah brei is fried.
The No Chametz
— Sell, Search,
Destroy application is more serious-minded.
It is a compendium of laws and rules for getting rid of your leaven. “This app will help you make sure you properly remove chametz under your ownership,” promises the developer, RustyBrick Inc. The app answers common questions that arise pre-Passover and, despite its earnest approach, has some fun features.
Our favourite was the candle-andfeather function for the chametz search. It shows you the view from your camera — with a candle and a feather superimposed on the screen.
We “mirrored” the live picture to our television through Apple TV, so the whole family could see the chametz search, even if they stayed in the living room.
Chabad’s Passover Assistant teaches how to chant the Four Questions in your preferred Hebrew accent, while showing you the text in Hebrew, translation and transliteration.
The app gives you all the times for start and end of the festival and the Passover Shabbat and also has a nifty function for that most intimidating of tasks: planning Passover menus.
You decide what you want to make for different meals and then input the ingredients needed. The app has a shopping-list function and the ingredients from your meal-planning exercise will be automatically added to this.
And there are recipes, which can be allocated to specific days on the meal planner. Now all we need is an app to do the cooking.