Pesach Questions

Dear Rabbi, 

Q: A reminder for those travelling over Pesach (not for me; we’re staying put): does one have to clean the home etc if one is travelling before Yom Tov and not returning until after the Chag? Also, what happens to bedikat chametz?

A: One who will be away for all of Pesach should adopt either of two approaches:

  1. Arrange to sell your hametz in the usual fashion. In order to fulfil the requirement to search your home for hametz (since you will be there within 30 days of Pesach), it is sufficient to designate a limited space, eg bedroom, and check for hametz the night before your departure. No berachah is necessary.
  2. Arrange to sell your hametz on the 13th of Nissan so that when the zeman hiyuv bedikah arrives the hametz is no longer yours.

Each option has its merits. Either way, one should perform bedikat hametz at one’s destination before Pesach.


Q: Where do you stand on quinoa for Pesach?  

A: I am in favour of it. I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, however we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.