Michael J. Radwin

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Monthly Archives March 2013

Chametz Contract/Bill of Sale for Pesach


We, Ariella and Michael Radwin (“SELLER”), in consideration of $1,500 (one thousand five hundred US Dollars), do hereby sell, transfer and convey to John Doe (“BUYER”), our not-Kosher-for-Passover food (“CHAMETZ”) and Sascha the cat (“CAT”).

Chametz are leavened foods that are forbidden on the Jewish holiday of Passover. According to Jewish law, Jews may not own, eat or benefit from chametz during Passover.

For the purposes of this contract, CHAMETZ consists of the following:

(1) All boxes of canned and dried foods on shelves in the garage, and in the pantry to the right of the refrigerator in the kitchen

(2) Any refrigerated/frozen food items placed in the “Chametz” brown paper bag in the refrigerator in the garage

(3) Several bottles of wine, beer and liquor in the liquor cabinet above the fridge

(4) The CAT’s food, which is kept in the bathroom adjacent to the guest bedroom

(5) Any other Chametz possessed by SELLER, knowingly or unknowingly as defined by the Torah and Rabbinic Law

CAT is a domestic short-hair, commonly known as Sascha. CAT is about 12 1/2 (twelve and one half) years old. Here is a digital photo of said CAT:


I, the undersigned BUYER, acknowledge receipt of this Bill of Sale. BUYER does hereby provide SELLER a down payment of $1 (one US Dollar) in the form of PayPal, cash, check, or money order. If BUYER does not provide the remaining $1,499 by Saturday April 2, 2013 at 8:20pm, this Bill of Sale is cancelled and SELLER will refund whatever payment(s) BUYER has made.

BUYER will also lease all places wherein the CHAMETZ owned by SELLER may be found, particularly at the address/es listed below, and elsewhere.

Per BUYER’s instructions, SELLER (or SELLER’s agent) will agree to feed said CAT one half-cup of cat food daily. SELLER also change CAT’s litter box and play with her.

All said above is well and good and is binding and is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinic and Civil laws.

Dated this 24th day of March, 2013.


SELLER’s name: Ariella & Michael Radwin

SELLER’s address: …, Palo Alto, CA

SELLER’s signature:


BUYER’s name: John Doe

BUYER’s signature:

gzip encoding (mod_deflate) on DreamHost

It took me all of 10 minutes, and I just sped up Hebcal.com by enabling Apache mod_deflate on DreamHost.

I used the Google PageSpeed Insights tool to measure the performance of Hebcal, and it complained that we weren’t gzip-compressing HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.

Turns out this is not enabled on DreamHost sites by default. What a surprise!

So here’s what I ended up adding to the .htaccess file:

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
 AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/css text/javascript

That’s it!