bedikas chametz

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Definitions

  • "The ceremony immediately before Pesach in which family members conduct a ritual search of the home for hametz, pieces of bread or leavened food that are forbidden on Passover" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "While we were doing bedikat chametz, we found a whole Entenmann's doughnut behind the couch." (Glinert)
  • "Bedikas Chametz is not just a ceremony where one looks for the ten hidden pieces. One must check all of the places where there may be chametz." (https://www.adathisraelshul.org/e-torah/yomtov/23-passover/634-bedikas-chometz-faq)
  • "Bedikat chametz, or the hunt for chametz, is a wonderful ritual to try out with your family the night before Passover." (https://www.bimbam.com/chametz/)
  • "This operation ends on Pessah’s eve with a ritual call “Bedikas Hametz” where we search with a lighted candle in every corner of the house, for any trace of forgotten Hametz." (https://www.tsidkat-eliaou.org/en/myurl-174)
  • "Upon tzeit hakochavim — nightfall — of the 14th day of Nissan we do Bedikat Chameitz — the search for chameitz. See page 47 for detailed instructions." (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2833737/jewish/Halachot-Uminhagim-Laws-and-Customs-of-Passover.htm)
  • "Bedikat chametz must be performed on the eve of the fourteenth of Nissan (April 2, 2015) after nightfall, approximately 40 minutes after sunset." (https://oukosher.org/passover/articles/bedikat-chametz/)
  • "Oh no! The dog accidentally ate a piece of bread we were going to use for bedikat chametz!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

בדיקת חמץ bedikat chamets 'check for leaven'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Many have a custom to deliberately put out 10 pieces of bread or other leaven so that they are sure there is something to find when performing the search.

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