Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bedikat Hametz

Bedikat Hametz
Day: Thursday
Date: April 2, 2015
Parshat: Shemini
Yalkut Yosef: 431-433

The proper time for bedikat hametz is tzet hakochavim, 20 minutes or so after shekia. As is the case with many mitzvot, starting from a half hour before the bedika one may not eat a meal or even a snack that consists of two kezayits (about 2 ounces) or more of grain products. Less than that amount, or any amount of fruits and vegetables is fine to eat. One may not talk in between saying the beracha on the bedika and starting the search. After starting the bedika one should only talk about things that pertain to the search. However if at that point he talked about something irrelavant to the search he does not need to say a new beracha. It is permmisable to split the search among those present but everyone involved should hear and have in mind to be part of the beracha. One who did not hear the beracha ideally should not search since he is doing the mitzvah without saying the beracha. Cars must also be searched for hametz even if one does plan on driving at any time during the holiday. A new beracha is not necessary.

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