Monday, May 24, 2010

Mitzvah #153 - Chametz on Erev Pessach

One may not eat Chametz during that time when one could bring the Pessach sacrifice.

Therefore one who eats Chametz on Erev Pessach after noon deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din.

By Rabbinic decree one is forbidden to derive benefit from Chametz already two hours before midday, and one may not eat Chametz from as early as 3 hours before midday on Erev Pessach.

These hours are calculated by dividing the daylight hours by 12.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, on Erev Pessach afternoon.

Verse: "Do not eat on it Chametz" (Devarim 16:3)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 104

- Danny
Monday, 11 Sivan 5770

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