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Before Passover begins, many Jews have already begun their holiday observance in a flurry of preparations. Preparing for Passover includes both a literal house cleaning and a ritual one.
Some families try not to have any chametz at all in their possession. One way to do this is to plan ahead and eat up all the leavened food before the cleaning begins, or to donate sealed-up packages of chametz to food banks.
After the chametz is out of the house and all household cleaning is done, shortly before the holiday begins, some Jews perform a ritual called bidikat chametz, the “Search for Leavened Foods.” This is a fun ritual especially for families with young children. Here’s how it works: The evening before the first seder, one person hides 10 bread crumbs throughout the house and then the family searches for them by candle light, using a feather to scoop them into a paper cone or envelope. The next morning, you take them outside and burn the whole thing (feather and all). If you want to try it, there’s a really user-friendly and humorous resource here.
The Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families is also available in PDF
Hebrew word for an unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during the holiday of Passover. Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.