(Note: When Passover begins on Saturday night, there are several
significant changes in steps 6 through 9. Click here to continue with the alternate "wizard"
for those years.)
On the night before Passover, we conduct a solemn candle-lit search for any
remaining or forgotten chametz. You'll need: a candle (to illuminate the
hard-to-reach nooks and crannies), a feather (to sweep up the small
crumbs), a wooden spoon (to hold the chametz and facilitate its burning),
and a paper bag (to hold all of the above).
By this time, the house should be completely cleaned for Passover; hopefully
there's no chametz to be found. It is therefore customary to prepare ten
carefully wrapped pieces of bread to be hidden throughout the house for the
searcher to find (the kids love this part!), in order that we can fulfill the
mitzvah of searching out and destroying our chametz before Passover.
Gather the family, light the candle, and recite the blessing:
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who
has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us concerning the removal of chametz.
Carefully search the entire house for any chametz that may have been missed
in the cleaning, and collect the ten hidden pieces. Put the chametz, the
feather, the wooden spoon, and the remains of the candle in the paper bag, tie securely, and store in a safe place for burning tomorrow morning. Now recite the
"nullification statement," renouncing all ownership of any chametz you may have
All leaven and anything leavened that is in my possession,
which I have neither seen nor removed, and about which I am unaware, shall be
considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.