Bedikat Chametz – Searching for Chametz

It is a traditional custom to make a symbolic search of the house on the night before Passover begins.

At this point, the house should be clean, but a few “crumbs” (small pieces of bread or crackers) can be left out for the children and parents to search for. Using a candle or flashlight and a wooden spoon and feather, we search the house, brushing crumbs onto the spoon with the feather.  The next morning, we burn the chametz we have found, and it is the custom to burn the spoon and feather, too (since they touched chametz). Of course, if you don’t burn them, they should be put away for Passover – and then you can use them again next year. 

More about this ritual can be found in the opening of most Haggadah books.

Photo by Aman Bhatnagar from Pexels

8 views0 comments

Find your spark. Find your home.

© 2020  North Shore Jewish Center

385 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station, New York 11776  631-928-3737  

We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.  All rights reserved.

Creative Direction: Amy Russell  

Shop at Amazon and give back to NSJC

When you order from Amazon using this link, they give back to NSJC, at no extra cost to you!