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Dear Rabbi,

Can I ask you a few Pesach questions re koshering for Pesach? -I ask this each year and then forget!: how do i kosher drinking glasses for Pesach? -Is it possible to kosher a year round (milky) electric food processor for Pesach milky use? It’s plastic and metal.

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Dear Friend,

Drinking glasses are actually a bit complicated. The best idea is to buy glasses just for Pesach. Nowadays they are not that expensive. If you are unable to do so, you can use the method of soaking them in water for three 24 hour periods, changing the water in between.

Electric Food Processor-

If it was used with flour and similar chametz ingredients, v. difficult to kasher, unless it is taken apart (i.e. by a technician). Probably not worth it, and the bowls and metal parts need to be immersed in boiling water (rolling boil) as well. If only used for fruit and veg, etc., just immerse (or even pour boiling water over removable parts only) and you’re OK.

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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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