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Chametz's Final Moments

Chametz's Final Moments

The Burning of the Chametz

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On the morning before Passover (this year, Monday, March 25), chametz may be eaten until the fourth hour of the day. After that, only foods that are kosher for Passover are eaten. We don’t eat matzah, though. We’re saving that for the Seder.

Since even a minute amount of chametz is prohibited, we carefully rinse, brush, and floss our teeth, to ensure that we really have gotten rid of all the chametz within us.

Now we’ve got an hour to put away all the chametz utensils, and any other chametz that will be sold over Passover, in their designated areas, and gather the rest of the chametz together for the burning of the chametz.

The Burning of Chametz

On the morning before Passover, before the fifth hour, we burn all the chametz that was found during the search, and anything that was left over from breakfast and not stored with the chametz that will be sold to the non-Jew. (This should have already been arranged with your Rabbi, or online.)

After the chametz has been burnt in the fire, we recite the following declaration:

All leaven or anything leavened which is in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have observed it or not, whether I have removed it or not, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

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March 25, 2013
To: Anonymous in Rishon LeZiyon
B"H

You can lock it away and sell it (It will be bought back shortly after Pesach), to my understanding. You can use this handy form to do so, and there should be more links to more information:
https://chabadorg.clhosting.org/holidays/passover/sell_chometz_cdo/site/chabad.org

A kosher and happy Pesach!
Anonymous
New Haven
April 18, 2011
Having to make my tooth-brush...
& electric shaver-head..."Kosher for Passover"? I know, it might sound silly, but I own some 'expensive and delicate' ones in my possession.
Especially my tooth-brush (Oral-B) was used to clean my teeth from CHAMETZ (!) during the last few months and it is (as is is supposed to be full of 'DIRT'. (a.k.a.: During Passover; Chametz)
Please advise if it is still permissible to keep them in my household, - or if not, how to "kasher' them without destruction.
Thanks in advance,
David

PS: I know that I am hitting the SEND-button at 1:00PM, but pls answer.
Anonymous
Rishon LeZiyon
April 14, 2011
RE: The hours of last chametz
The hours are calculated according to the position of the sun. beginning at daybreak and ending at sundown, the day is divided into 12 equal parts—which are the hours of Jewish law. You can use our handy calculator 143790 to learn when those times (and hours) are in your area.
Rabbi Menachem Posner
April 13, 2011
The hours of last chametz
How do we count the hours; fourth, fifth etc. From what starting point?
Michael Stein
Coral Springs, fl
March 28, 2010
Spoon
In my experience, we burn the spoon as well. It adds lots of fuel, and we just get a new one every year.
Michoel Shraga HaKatan
chabad.ca
March 28, 2010
Burning of Chametz
Just wanted to double check that we burn just the bread we searched for and the feather... but we don't burn the wooden spoon?
Anonymous
Toronto, ON
chabad.ca
April 17, 2008
Chametz
THANKS for this information. It was EXACTLY what I needed.
Randi Brenowitz
Palo Alto, CA
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