Monday, March 24, 2014

How To Do Bedikat Hametz

How To Do Bedikat Hametz
Day: Monday
Date: March 24, 2014
Parshat: Tazria, Hachodesh
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 433

The bedika needs to be done using the light of a wax candle. A torch is not okay to use since one cannot bring it close to all of the nooks and crannies around the house and also because he'll constantly be worried about starting a fire and he won't focus on the search for hametz. Two candles that are close enough that their flames join together are considered to be a torch. However, if the wicks are entirely twisted together it is not considered to be a torch and may used. If one doesn't have a candle he may use a flashlight that can fit into any corner or small area in the house and that won't hinder the search. If he uses a flashlight he may still say a beracha on the bedika. Cars must also be checked for hametz as part of the bedika even if they were cleaned well beforehand. A new beracha should not be made on searching the car even if one must travel a ways to get to it. It is not necessary for one to search for hametz in his sefarim even if crumbs fell in them while he was learning.

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