Saw this one over at Daas Torah. It’s not a Purim joke. Some crazies have suggested cleaning out ears before hearing the Megila so that you “catch every word”. Perhaps they will advertise cut-rate GPs or Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons, who will syringe the embedded wax for those who are Machmir for the opinion of the Chazon Ish.
What’s next? The Hungarian decreeing that one should only listen to the Megilla this way, because חדש אסור מן התורה and מנהג אבותינו בידינו?
and our conservative types suggesting that it can be done remotely via a live podcast
But wait, there is more. I’m going to suggest to these wise litvaks (is that an oxymoron?) that immediately after the megilla they replenish their wax supply so that חס ושלום no distant לשון הרע find its way into the canals. The Poskim have ruled that the following product may be used without a hechsher
For two reasons:
- It’s not ראוי לאכילת כלב
- It’s נותן טעם לפגם
However, if there is a חשש that the לשון הרע is fresh, and not בן יומו, it is best to be Machmir.
On Erev Pesach, one should be מבער the wax or sell it to a Ben Noach. Those who want to be מחמיר should either
- Use a dropper, and insert a רביעית of kerosine into the ear canal (be careful not to do this near a flame), or
- to be safe, insert (micro-organism free) boiling water, that is יד סולדת according to all opinions into the ear canal.
Some entrepreneurial Avreichim are working with the company to develop a Kitniyos free, Glatt (gelatine free) Vegan alternative with a Hechsher for Pesach from a number of reputable Authorities.