Friday, March 12, 2010
Everyone knows that it's customary to lean to the left at the seder table while drinking the wine and eating the matzah because it is symbolic of freedom. But anyone who's tried it knows that it can be very uncomfortable, if not dangerous. Spilling wine into your neighbor's lap, getting crumbs all over him or her, over the table, or over the floor, or even falling off the chair!
This year, thanks to Israeli ingenuity, there's a solution to this problem. It's the Lateral Recliner, released just in time for this year's Passover holiday.
We haven't seen it in our local Judaica stores, so we suspect it's only available in Israel. But next year...who knows?
Here's a demonstration of the Lateral Recliner in action, and a phone number for ordering it, if you're in Israel.
(A tip of the kippah to Jameel Rashid at The Muqata for bringing this invention to our attention.)