n. Ceremonial burning chametz before Passover.
"Dump all the cornflakes and bread and things on the ground, and we'll do biur chametz." (Glinert)
"This process, known as bi'ur chametz, begins by searching one’s home for chametz. Indeed, the blessing recited on bedikat chametz is not 'Al bedikat chametz,' but rather, 'Al bi'ur chametz.'" (source)
"The Mishna in Pesachim 2:1 records a dispute as to how Biur Chametz is to be done. Rabbi Yehuda, comparing the destruction of Chametz to the destruction of invalid Korbanot, rules that Chametz must be destroyed by burning. The Chachamim there argue and rule that any form of destruction (tossing into the sea, or crumbling it into the wind) is acceptable." (source)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
ביעור חמץ biur chametz 'burning of leaven'
- 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
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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