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What is the source for keeping so many extra stringencies on Pesach, so much more so than during the rest of the year?

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  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya. – DanF Mar 13 '18 at 19:03
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    Chametz is an איסור כרת – Sye510 Mar 13 '18 at 19:03
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    My best guess (as mentioned by @Sye510) is that if one is found with chomeitz in his possession during Pesach, he is liable for kareis. We don't want to take this punishment lightly. – ezra Mar 13 '18 at 20:36
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    @ezra Posession of chametz is (only) a lav. It’s eating it that incurs karet. – Joel K Mar 13 '18 at 20:57

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