Friday, March 21, 2014

The Blessing On The Bedikat Hametz

The Blessing On The Bedikat Hametz
Day: Friday
Date: March 21, 2014
Parshat: Shemini, Para
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 432

Before the bedikat hametz we make a beracha ending in "al biyur hametz" (on burning hametz) since the bedika is only done for the burning of the hametz which is the main part of the mitzvah. One may not interrupt in between saying the beracha and starting the bedika. If one did interrupt and he talked about things unrelated to the bedika he must say a new beracha. Even after starting the bedika one should not talk about things unrelated to the bedika, however at that point he doesn't need to say a new beracha if he did. If one started checking for hametz and realized he didn't say a beracha yet he may say the beracha as long as he hasn't finished searching. If one cannot search through the entire house on his own he may split it with others. If he does so, they should stand near him when he says the beracha and say amen and have in mind to be part of his beracha. If he is splitting it with others they may not make their own beracha.

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