When it’s hot outside and the sun is beating down on us, the phrase “it feels like an oven in here” tends to come up a lot. More often than not, the utterance occurs when someone gets into a car or a crowded bus. In New York, there is a bus that feels like an oven because it is one.
In an Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in NY, Rabbi Aaron Winternitz, bakes up matzoh for his congregation, friends and neighbors in a large, converted red and white bus – and has been doing so annually for the past three years. The bus is connected to his house with an (unauthorized) gas line. He didn’t say why he felt a bus would make a good oven, but did explain that he chose a school bus because “school buses are made strong and safe.”
Apparently he wasn’t particularly concerned that they are safe for conveying passengers and not necessarily for baking.
“A building inspector said that while the bakery bus wasn’t nearly up to code, it was ‘very creative.'”