The Festival of Pesach provides us with an opportunity to perform TWO special Mitzvot. Please take a moment to complete the TWO forms below and return them to my attention at your earliest convenience. May this Pesach truly be a time of freedom, health, and prosperity for all!
https://www.haggadot.com/ (This is a non-profit website, no charge but asks for donations, it has a “make your own haggadah” method.)
Bedikat Chametz is a wonderful ritual that your family can participate in on the day before Passover. It is a wonderful way to symbolically prepare yourself for the start of the holiday. In preparation for Passover, our homes are cleaned and all of the chametz, leavened bread, has been removed or stored away. A parent hides small pieces of bread throughout the house and a child (or children) are required to “search and destroy.” The traditional tools include a feather, wooden spoon and candle.
Here’s how Bedikat Chametz is done:
• On the night before the first Seder (this year, on Tuesday, April 7th) at some point after sundown, someone hides ten (or so) pieces of Chametz (pieces of bread, crackers, etc.) around the house. The “searchers” should not see where the pieces are hidden.
• Each searcher is armed with a wooden spoon, candle and feather (customary, but not necessary). The candle is lit (a flashlight works well with younger children).
• Conduct the search, using a candle (or flashlight) to illuminate areas. When a piece is found, sweep it onto the wooden spoon using the feather, and then deposit it into a container (paper bag). Be sure to collect all pieces that are hidden.
• After the search is concluded, the bi’ur chametz prayer is recited. The bag of bread is either burned (traditionally) or disposed of.
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al bi’ur chametz.
Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who sanctifies us with mitzvot and commands us to burn chametz.
Rabbinical Assembly Guide (Conservative):
Orthodox Union Guide