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797. Finding Chometz on Pesach
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111:17 If a person finds chometz in his house on chol hamoed, he must take it out and burn it. If there is at least an olive-sized amount (k’zayis), he first recites the bracha al bi’ur chometz. (Some authorities disagree – Mishnah Brurah 435:5.) One does not recite the bracha on less than a k’zayis […]
796. Leaving Town
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111:15 One should not throw kernels of grain to chickens in a damp place within thirty days of Pesach. This is out of concern that one may forget to burn them. 111:16 Before one departs on a journey, he should appoint an agent to search for and nullify his chometz in his absence. (The agent […]
795. Chometz in Storage
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111:13 If one converted a room for storage with the intention that he will not empty it out until after Pesach, then there are different scenarios depending on the timing. If it is more than thirty days before Pesach, he does not need to check it, though if he knows there is definitely chometz there, […]
794. Nullifying the Chometz Again
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111:11 Even though we nullify the chometz at night after the search, we nullify it again in the day after burning it. One should include all his chometz and say Kol Chamira or the equivalent in a language he understands: “All leaven and chometz that is in my possession, whether or not I have seen […]
793. Nullifying the Chometz
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111:9 The chometz that one keeps to eat or to sell should be placed in a secure place before the search. The chometz that one finds during the search, which must be burned the next day, should be put in a secure place and tied up so that none of it gets lost. It should […]
792. The Bracha on Searching for Chometz
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111:7 Before one starts to search for chometz, he recites the bracha al bi’ur chometz, that G-d has commanded us to remove chometz. He recites this bracha even though he is not yet removing the chometz because immediately after the search, he nullifies any chometz that he may not know about, which constitutes removing that […]
791. Shaking Out One’s Pockets
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111:5 One must search for chometz in all places, in the holes and cracks as much as possible, and in the pockets of his clothes and those of his children. Since one sometimes puts chometz in these things, they require checking. One must shake them out well the following day, when he burns the chometz. […]
790. Where to Search
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111:3 A person must search all the rooms where chometz might have been brought, including basements, attics, storerooms and woodsheds. We must also check any containers in which chometz was kept. Before the search, one should sweep out all these places and remove all chometz from them so that they will be easier to check. […]
789. The Search for Chometz
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111:1 On the night before erev Pesach, we search for chometz. One must check as soon as it becomes dark (meaning immediately after the stars come out – Mishnah Brurah 431:1). It is forbidden to start to eat (a meal; a snack is okay – MB 431:6) or to do any work starting half an […]
788. Who May Bake the Matzah
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110:14 It’s appropriate for every G-d-fearing person to personally supervise the baking of his matzah, letting the workers know to make it quickly and with careful attention to detail. This was done by the early Sages and it’s still done in our time. 110:15 The matzos that a person uses to fulfill the obligation to […]