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Placing 10 Pieces of Bread for Bedikas Chametz

Placing 10 Pieces of Bread for Bedikas Chametz Before beginning the search for chametz on the night of the 14th of Nissan, it is customary to take ten pieces of chametz, and scatter them throughout the house.[1]  In the course of the search for lost chametz, these ten pieces are also gathered, and burned together with any chametz that may be found. What is the purpose of this custom?  Bedikas chametz is a s ...

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Bracha on Bedikas Chametz in a Car

Question: Can one make a bracha on bedikas chametz being done only in a car? Answer: While a car certainly must be checked for chametz, no bracha should be recited if only the car is being checked. שאל כבודו האם יש לברך על בדיקת חמץ ברכב כאשר אינו בודק בליל י"ד אלא את רכבו בלבד והביא את מש"כ בחק יעקב (סימן תל"ו ס"ק י"ז) דאף שכתב הרמ"א (סימן תל"ג סי"א) דצריך לבדוק את כיסי בגדיו מ"מ אינו מברך אלא על בדיקת הבי ...

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Bedikas Chometz

Question: What exactly is the idea of bediaks chometz nowadays as we know we certainty that there is no chometz left in the house by then? Is the house not classified as a mokom she`eyn machnissin boi chometz? How can one make a Berochoh? Many thanks! Answer: This issue is addressed by the Shaarei Teshuva 433:2. He explains that based on our earlier days [and weeks!] of cleaning, on the night of bedikas cha ...

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Searching the Recesses of the Heart

ויקרא משה לכל זקני ישראל ויאמר אלהם משכו וקחו לכם צאן למשפחתיכם ושחטו הפסח. And Moshe summoned the Elders of Israel, and said to them: “Draw and take for yourselves a sheep for each family,  and slaughter it as a (korban) Pesach” (Shemos 12:21)   “Draw – your hands away from idolatry” (Shemos Rabbah 16:2)   Before beginning the search for chametz on the night of the 14th of Nissan, it is customary to take t ...

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