I've lost track of how many years we've been celebrating Passover in our very religiously and ethnically complicated home. But it's been ages. Every year, we write a new Haggadah, updating, refining, focusing on a new issue. But as I was sitting down to do this year's and looking over the many different versions of past years, I realized this particular passage seemed perenial. We borrow from many sources -- different poems, different haggadahs, a million internet sources -- so it's hard to know exactly where this began. If we wrote it, great. If we borrowed it, thank you. What we know is, it's food for thought, and it's worth sharing.
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One Jewish tradition that we actually think about following every year in preparing for Pesaj is eliminating chametz, or leaven from our house. Traditionally, we would go through our cupboards to remove all products of leavened grain from our possession.
When this task (called bedikah) is accomplished, we destroy a symbolic measure of the collected items by burning (biur), and a blessing is recited.
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