The Night Before Passover Chametz Search and Destroy

Chametz Search and Destroy

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The Night Before Passover

Once the house is Passover-tidy, it’s time to do the search-and-destroy ritual.

After nightfall, gather the family, light a candle, and say:

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to remove chametz.

Bag the evidence and store away for tomorrow’s burning ceremonyThoroughly search your home for any chametz that may have been missed in the cleaning (yes, it happens). Bag the evidence and store away for tomorrow’s burning ceremony.

After the search, say:

All leaven and anything leavened that is in my possession – which I have neither seen nor removed and about which I am unaware – shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

Notes:

  • The kids love this part: Before the search, carefully wrap ten pieces of bread in paper and hide them throughout the house. Just don’t forget where you hid them.
  • Aside for the candle, it is customary to take along a feather and a wooden spoon.
  • Search your car the following morning.
  • Away from home for the holiday? Ask your rabbi when and how to do the search.

Day Before Passover

Last day to sell your chametz! Click here to do so on-line.

Chametz may be eaten until the fifth hour of the day. Click here to find precise local chametz-eating deadlines. All food from hereon should be "kosher for Passover."

Before the sixth hour of the day (click here to find the exact time for your location), make a fire and burn the chametz bag plus any other leftover chametz. While burning the chametz, say the following:

All leaven and anything leavened that is in my possession – whether I have seen it or not, whether I have observed it or not, whether I have removed it or not – shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

You are now chametz-free—and free to enjoy the liberating Seder experience and the eight-day Festival of Freedom.

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