Search for any remnant of chametz

Before going to the memorial meeting each of us should not only have cleansed his house, but also the inner being, having thrown away his “old leaven”, our old being.

Tomorrow the eve before Passover, the leader of the household, usually the father, shall hold a candle and will guide his family around the house as a symbolic act, for searching any remnant of chametz (leavened products).

The feather, spoon, candle and prayers for the Bedikat
Chametz ceremony.

With the lights extinguished, they search for any remnant of chametz by the light of a single candle as a reminder how the people would have done in ancient Egypt.

A few weeks after dressing up and having good fun the children again have a special game, this time searching every nook and cranny for crumbs of bread that have been carefully wrapped and hidden ahead of time by the mother.

Each crumb of bread is found with exclamations of delight,

“Oh!  There it is.  I found one!”

The traditional Bedikat Chametz (search for leaven) is a ceremony used to cleanse the home of leaven. These two young boys search for leaven, using a feather and a spoon to remove it. The chametz (leavened products) will be burned the next morning in the Bi’ur Chametz ceremony.

This meaningful search continues until the very last crumb of leaven is removed.Using a feather, they are swept away into a bag to be burned the next morning.
On the morning of Erev Pesach (Eve of Passover), there will be a multitude of small fires burning all over Israel as each family burns their small pile of chametz.
A special prayer is recited in case any has been missed.

This special ceremony (bedikat chametz) demonstrates how the light of God’s Word, symbolized by the candle, searches our hearts for any pride or arrogance that may be lurking, hidden in the darkness.
The feather symbolizes the work of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) sweeping the sin away.

Bi’ur Chametz: pita bread burning with the dried palm (lulav) and myrtle
(hadass) leftover from Sukkot (six months earlier). To burn the dried palm
and myrtle (holy objects) from the previous Biblical holiday is considered
an additional mitzvah (blessing).

The bi’ur chametz fire shows how God destroys this leaven, for God is a consuming fire!
Therefore we should throw away our “old leaven”, our old being, which was a being which did things against the will of God and as such had a fungus (the chametz) in it.

Just as an overgrowth of yeast in the body may become a systemic infection and must be dealt with before it causes serious physical problems, the “leaven” or sin within the Body of Messiah (the Church) must be dealt with accordingly.

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul makes use of the imagery of Passover and the cleansing of the chametz to exhort the believers in Corinth to get rid of the sin of malice and wickedness and live the holy life they are truly capable of living, free from the bondage to sin.

Purge out the old chametz (leavened bread), that you may be issa chadasha (new dough, batzek, deaf dough, having no indication of fermentation), as you are indeed like matzot (unleavened bread). More than that, our Korban Pesach has been sacrificed, Moshiach. [SHEMOT 12:3-6,21] So let us celebrate Pesach, not with old chametz, nor with the chametz of kavvanah ra’ah (malice) and wickedness, but with matzot of kenut (sincerity) and emes. [SHEMOT 12:14,15; DEVARIM 16:3]
(1 Corinthians 5:7-8 OJB)

Before we come together with each other to have a Memorial Meal, having Betzi’at halechem with all brethren and sisters let us have not  only our houses cleaned, but also our heart and soul examined, so that we can come before the Most High purified.



At the Shabbat HaChodesh: readings about blood, liberation and purification

Commentary on Parashat Tazria

Egypt, Moshe and Those who never felt they belonged there

Why Fuss over a Little Leaven (Yeast)?

Symptom of tzara’at a white spot on the flesh


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