Pesach Cleaning Hob and Counter Tops

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Dear Rabbi Simon
I have just moved house and have a few questions relating to Pesach cleaning.
Hob: I now have an electric hob instead of gas.  Do you just clean and turn it on high for 10 minutes or do you have to pour boiling water over it (will it crack?)
Counter tops: you said we just need to pour boiling water over it.  However, there are a few little nicks and chips in the surfaces in our new house.  Do I need to cover?
Many thanks for answering my questions,

Dear Leah,
Nice to hear from you.  In answer to your questions:
Hob: Boiling water can indeed damage your ceramic hob, not so much from cracking, as from the water adversely affecting the electrics.  Just clean it thoroughly, don’t use for 24 hours, and turn all the rings on to max heat for 10-15 minutes.  It is best to cover it with heavy duty aluminium foil during this time to spread the heat around fully.  Some recommend covering the knobs with aluminium foil during Pesach.
Counter tops: If there are cracks, seams or other places where food deposits can collect, they require special attention.  If they cannot be accessed/thoroughly cleaned with detergent, best to kasher by pouring boiling water over the counter and cover as well.  If it can be cleaned satisfactorily, it is not necessary to cover.  (However, some are accustomed to doing so nevertheless.)
Rabbi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
I hope you fasted well yesterday.
Thank you for the insights into the Kinnot, making them easier to understand.
In the afternoon, I was listening to a shiur on Eichah on Torahanytime.  As an aside, the speaker mentioned that the 1st perek of Eichah is the source for the order of the alef bet as we know it.  Other chapters also follow the alef bet chronology but with ayin en peh interchanged.
He quoted Rabbi Shimon Schwab as his source.
Although he did not elaborate on this, surely Sefer Tehillim predates Megillat Eichah by centuries.  Several psalms are written in the alef bet order (e.g.
psalm 119).
Can you please clarify?
Thank you & best wishes.
PhilippeHi Philippe
TY for your sophisticated Q.
I have also heard that the question of the sequence of samekh and 'ayin is subject to dispute. It seems that there are indications that in Paleo-Hebrew the order is reversed from what we know. It is alleged that chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Eichah (chapter 5 is not alphabetical) reflect the original order. Of course, as you say, ch 1 conforms to the order with which we are family.
You are right that Tehillim predates Eichah, however a critic can claim that the order was redacted to bring it in line with the accepted/preferred sequence. This is particularly true for ch. 119, where each of the 8 vv per letter are their own group, and each set of 8 vv. can easily be repositioned. The question is in Ps. 34 or 145, if the internal logic of the passage sheds light on the correct sequence. In Ps. 34, some claim that the v. starting with the letter peh makes more sense to follow the verse starting with samekh (due to the common appearance of the word ra'). I am not convinced that this argument is compelling.
I will stick with the mesorah, that 'ayin belongs before peh. Best to look before speaking.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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