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How and when do I burn my Chametz?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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The Chametz is burned on the morning before1 Passover during the fifth Halachic hour of the day (see here for exact times). All chametz which isn't being sold to a non-Jew should be burned until it is inedible even for an animal.

After burning the Chametz we say a second Kol Chamira: "All leaven or anything leavened which is in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have observed it or not, whether I have removed it or not, shall be considered naught and ownerless as the dust of the earth."


  • 1. When Passover begins on Saturday Night we burn the Chametz two days before Passover - on Friday. See "What happens when Passover begins on Saturday night?" (,2192630/What-happens-when-Passover-begins-on-Saturday-Night.html)


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Any leavened product which is produced from wheat, barley, rye, spelt or oats. This includes bread, cake, cereals, crackers, biscuits, yeast, pasta and whisky. It is forbidden for a Jew to possess or consume Chametz throughout Passover.
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.