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A rite to search for leaven on the night before the Seder on Pesach/Passover.

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If one does not find chametz after saying al biur chametz and does bedikah, is it a bracha levatala?

If someone doesn't place 10 pieces of chametz for bedikah as the custom is to do, and says the bracha "al biur chametz" and then does bedikat chametz, but for some reason (maybe he cleaned ...
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Is there a mitzvah of bedikat chametz in cars

According to Halacha are Jews obligated to do bedikat chametz before Passover in cars? Or no, is there not an active obligation to search for chametz before Pesach in cars?
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Chametz that is stuck to tape/velcro

What is one supposed to do with chametz that is stuck to something sticky like tape or velcro, that is impossible to remove completely but can be found and seen easily, in the lead up to pesach? For ...
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Strange conjunction in Pesachim at the search for chametz

On Pesachim 4a there is a discussion about the ideal time to search the house for leaven. Bringing the example of Abraham, it first suggests to search early in the morning, but R' Nachman bar Yitzchak ...
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Burning chametz when one still has chametz left over

While it is accepted that the mitzva of biur chametz can be accomplished in different ways (see e.g. Shulchan Aruch O.C. 445:1 and Mishna Berurah 445:1-2, cited here), there is also an accepted ...
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Why ‘that which I burnt and that which I haven’t yet burnt’?

After burning the Chametz we say כָּל חֲמִירָא וַחֲמִיעָא דְּאִכָּא בִרְשׁוּתִי דַּחֲזִתֵּהּ וּדְלָא חֲזִתֵּהּ דַּחֲמִתֵּהּ וּדְלָא חֲמִתֵּהּ דְּבִעַרְתֵּהּ וּדְלָא בִעַרְתֵּהּ לִבָּטֵל וְלֶהֱוֵי ...
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Bedikas Chametz if staying at someones house (30 days prior to and) during Pesach

I was looking on halachapedia and different sources, but I couldn't find an answer to a particular question: If a Jew is staying at someone else's house (whether a Jew or a gentile, but let's say it'...
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Is it ok to use less than 10 pieces for bedikas chametz

i have always hid 10 pieces of chametz for bedikas chametz. Are there other minhagim other than 10 pieces?
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Can a robot do Bedikat Chametz?

Inspired by this video, I'm curious if a robot can do bedikat chametz for you. The video shows a rhumba with a spoon and candle roaming around the house cleaning the floor. (Granted, the spoon and ...
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Bedikat Chametz and Shehecheyanu

Why is there no bracha of shehecheyanu recited when performing bedikat chametz, unlike other seasonal mitzvot (e.g. shofar, lulav, Chanukah lights, megillah)?
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Can one make a bracha 'al biur chometz' if they are only searching their car?

Suppose one is on the road on the night of the 14th of Nissan and the only place they will be checking is their car. They have already cleaned their house, and where they are going will also be clean. ...
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Bdikat Hametz: Enlisting multi-person team

If it would be practical for me to call in favours from people in the neighbourhood, and collect a multi-person team to perform bdikat hametz with me, would that be a worthwhile humra to take on ...
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Areas of Cellar Accessed by Butler

I occasionally send my butler down to the wine cellar during a meal to fetch more wine. The cellar is arranged as a three-dimensional grid of wine barrels. Which rows and columns of the grid do I need ...
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Source for spoon, feather, and candle used in bedikas chometz?

What is the original source for the Ashkenazic tradition to do--as is popularly taught--the final search for chometz with a spoon, a feather, and a candle? It may not have an official source; in that ...
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Bedikat Chametz in the Bathroom

One cannot think about Torah in the bathroom, as per http://www.torahmusings.com/2011/08/bathroom-etiquette/ which cites Berachot 26a, Shabbat 150a, Rambam Kriat Shema 3:4. This "thinking" seems to ...
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Can I move my chometz after the bedikah?

According to this document, one should sequester all chometz in one's home either in a cabinet or behind a mechitzah prior to performing the bedikah (the search for chometz). However, does this have ...
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Does a school need to do Bedikas Chametz?

Does a School need to do Bedikas Chametz? What do Schools generally do? I would think that it would be the responsibility of the Head of School to ensure that Bedikah is done. Even if they were to ...
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what should be done to chametz on a shabbat day

If one failed to search for chametz on 14 nissan, one has the obligation to search the next day. And again, if one failed, one has to search, even on the festival itself and during pesach (from our ...
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Selling living space to a non-Jew over pesach to get rid chametz

Is one allowed to temporarily sell their living space to a non-Jew in order to get rid of their chametz during pesach? If so, are they still obligated to do a bdikat chametz?
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Biur Chametz and hefsek

On the evening of the day before Pesach, we search for Chametz and put aside what we find so that we may destroy it in some way the next morning. Before we start, we make the bracha "al biur chametz" (...
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Badikas Chamatz in courtyards of cities today

Shulchan Aruch HaRav says: קרקעית החצר אין צריך בדיקה לפי שעורבין ושאר עופות מצויין שם והם אוכלים כל חמץ שנופל ואפילו אם ידוע לו שיש שם בחצר ודאי חמץ אין צריך ליטלו משם בשעת בדיקת ליל י"ד ואפילו ...
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Chazals intention behind bedikat hametz

Nowdays, it seems to be standard for jewish family's to begin cleaning their houses days before Pesach. By the time bedikat hametz arrives, the houses are usually hametz free. From reading Talmud ...
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Bedikat chametz when changing locations on Erev Pesach

Suppose someone is going to be staying somewhere for Pesach (say a hotel), but he will be going there during the day on the 14th of Nisan. When and where should he do bedikat chametz? Presumably, he ...
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Checking house for chometz then deciding to not leave

If someone will be leaving their home before the time of bedikas chometz they must be "bodek" (check) the home for chometz in the same way they would check on the night of the 14th of Nissan. If a ...
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Shliach for bedikas chometz -- making another shliach

Reuvan went away before Pesach and made Shimon a shliach (emissary) to be bodek (check) his home on lyl yud-daled (the night before Pesach) for chametz. (See beginning of Siman 436 and Mishneh Brurah ...
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Is a head-mounted lamp better than a candle for bedikas chometz?

A LED or Xenon lamp attached to the head (link shows example) seems to be ideal for bedikas chometz and superior to a candle? Do contemporary poskim offer a view?
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