The Best Forgotten Passover Tradition

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Did you Bedikat Chametz?

Have you even heard of Bedikat Chametz?

Bedikat Chametz is the "search for chametz," the act of getting rid of chametz, or unleavened bread, the night before the Passover seder.

It's a tradition dating back millenia. You could call it the original spring cleaning, before spring cleaning was a thing.

We recommend you try it, and we'll tell you why (and then we'll tell you how).

Reason 1: Setting the Mood 

You're going to go a full week without bread!

This simple act makes sure your body and mind are prepped and ready for the ordeal that awaits you. Consider it setting the mood for Passover.

Reason 2: God Likes It

If God tells you the chametz has gotta go, might as well get it over with! God doesn't like procrastinators.

Reason 3: It's a Family Affair

Done right, Bedikat Chametz is fun for kids. They get to run around a dark house with flashlights (trust us, they love it) and get rewarded when they're done! 

Not convinced? Ok. Keep your mess. We know Schmutz Happens

But if you're down with Bedikat, learn the rules.  

The Rules

First, you "seed" the house with 10 pieces of chametz. For us, with our little kids, that means dropping a few cheerios and waffle crumbs here or there.

Next, you say the prayer:

Prayer for Bedikat Chametz
(Credit Aish.com)

Then, you turn the lights off. Everybody in your house takes a feather and a candle* and sweeps out any crumbs into a small pile for each room.

(Digression for parents -- if you have young children, don't do candles. Instead, use a flashlight. As we said earlier, they LOVE it. Same advice if you're clumsy.)

Once you have your piles, collect all the crumbs into a bag. Our mothers used vacuum cleaners as the "bags" for collecting crumbs. Jewish mothers!

The last thing you do is toss the crumbs outside and prepare for MATZAH!

You may also want to check with your synagogue to see if they collect chametz. Some communities keep the tradition of collecting everybody's chametz and burning it in a bonfire. Others sponsor food drives.

As for us?

We just sell shirts. USA-made, quality shirts. No chametz. 

(Some Shabbat Shmata, though.)