Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bedikat Hametz

Bedikat Hametz
Day: Wednesday
Date: March 19, 2014
Parshat: Shemini, Para
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 431

It is said in the name of the Arizal that one who is meticulously careful to refrain from any minute amount of  chametz on Pesah is granted divine assistance against sinning during the entire upcoming year. Therefore even before the night of bedikat hametz one should take care to clean the entire house very thoroughly to ensure that there will no hametz around during Pesah. Pockets should be checked, especially those of little kids. School bags should also be checked. On the night if the fourteenth of Nisan we do bedikat hametz. The proper time to begin is right after tzet hakochavim, about 20 minutes after shekia. If one began and finished after shekia but before tzet hakochavim he has fulfilled his obligation but he should still search a little more after tzet hakochavim.

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