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8. Burning the Chametz

8. Burning the Chametz


Take the bag with chametz from last night's search, plus any other leftover chametz that you're not going to sell, make a fire, and burn it. As you watch the chametz go up in smoke, think also about our personal chametz — the self-inflating pride and egotism that impede our relationships with our Creator, our loved ones, and our fellows — and about how you're eradicating it, too, from your heart.

The deadline for chametz removal is one "seasonal hour" before midday — click here to obtain the precise time for your location. By this time, the chametz should be burned; the final "Nullification of the Chametz" (see step 9) should have been said; the areas holding the sold chametz should be sealed; and there should be no chametz remaining in your possession.

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