Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Search and Destroy


After the search for Chametz on the night preceding Passover (this year, two nights before Passover) we put aside any Chametz we have found. We keep that Chametz in a place which is safe from animals and small children, lest we come back the next morning to find that the Chametz has been scattered around the house.

We burn that Chametz the next morning, before the time when Chametz becomes prohibited. Technically, one may burn it right after the search at night, but we generally wait until morning so that we will remember to recite the "Kol Chamira," the paragraph in which we annul ownership of any Chametz we have not found in our searches (pg. 655 in the Artscroll Siddur).

Note: This year we do not recite that "Kol Chamira" paragraph on Friday morning when we burn the Chametz. Instead, we do it Shabbat morning, before the latest time to own Chametz.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 445:1; Mishneh Berurah 445:7)

Have a great day,

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