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The day before Passover is a very busy time: searching for chametz, burning the chametz, the Fast of the Firstborn, preparing for the Seder, and more...

The Day Before Passover

The Day Before Passover

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The 24 hours preceding Passover, the culmination of weeks of scrubbing and cleaning and preparation, is the final transition from our ordinary chametz lives to Passover. From nightfall of the day before until sunset of this day, there are many observances and practices that are guided by specific times. The basic schedule is presented in the articles below; see our Passover calendar for exact times for your location.

Search for Chametz
On the night before Passover, we conduct a “search and destroy” mission to find any remaining chametz. The search is traditionally conducted with a beeswax candle, feather, wooden spoon, and a paper bag...
Fast of the Firstborn
To express their gratitude for being spared from the Plague of the Firstborn, all firstborn males fast on the day before Passover...
Sell Your Chametz Online
Use this online form to sell your chametz for Passover.
Any chametz left undisposed must be sold to a non-Jew. Use this online form to quickly delegate a rabbi to sell your chametz for you.
Chametz's Final Moments
The Burning of the 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...
Local Halachic Times
So much of Passover depends on the clock: When we burn and sell our chametz, when we stop eating chametz, when we light candles, and more. Each of these times differs according to the location we're in...
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Discussion (1)
April 18, 2008
Zmanim pre-Seder
It took me a long time to find what I was looking for on your site: the zmanim for the day before Seder: when the last time is for eating and burning chametz, etc. Please, next year make this more prominent and label it clearly so that we frantic housewives can find it immediately! Thank you, and Chag Kasher v'Semach.
Carol Clapsaddle
Jerusalem, Israel
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