Positive #22 - To Remove Chametz from Your Possession
January 05, 2022
In this episode, we learn positive mitzvah #22, which is to remove chametz from your possession on the 14th day of Nissan.
Chametz is when one of the five grains (wheat, barley, oat, spelt, rye) are mixed with water and left to rise for at least 18 minutes.
- One can remove chametz by eating, destroying it, throwing it out, or declaring it as ownerless.
- The deadline for this mitzva is the 14th day on the month of Nissan at midday.
- The Sages made the deadline one hour earlier, so that people don't leave it for the last minute
- The Sages instituted that the night before this deadline, people should search their homes to find all their chametz ("Bedikat Chametz").