bedikas chametz


bedikas chametz (bih-DEE-kahs KHUH-mayts) listen
bedikat chametz (bih-dee-KAHT kha-MAYTS) listen


  • n. A ceremony before Pesach in which the home is ritually searched for (sometimes pre-placed) pieces of chametz using a candle; the pieces are collected and burned.

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." (source)

  • "Bedikat chametz, or the hunt for chametz, is a wonderful ritual to try out with your family the night before Passover." (source)

  • "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." (source)

  • "Upon tzeit hakochavim — nightfall — of the 14th day of Nissan we do Bedikat Chameitz — the search for chameitz. See page 47 for detailed instructions." (source)

  • "Bedikat chametz must be performed on the eve of the fourteenth of Nissan (April 2, 2015) after nightfall, approximately 40 minutes after sunset." (source)

  • "Oh no! The dog accidentally ate a piece of bread we were going to use for bedikat chametz!"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH בדיקת חמץ bedikát chaméts 'check for leaven' > Y בדיקת־חמץ bedikes-khomets

    • 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)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


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

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