Today is the Fifth Day of Passover and we will be discussing traditional practices for this day.
Fast of the Firstborn
It is tradition that the first born male in each home fasts, commemorating God’s act of sparing the firstborn Jewish sons from the plague that killed Egyptian children. Every firstborn male is required to fast, however provisions are made for those unable to fast by participating in a meal marking a mitzvah (good deed). In some traditions the firstborn daughter participates in the fast.
Chametz (leavened bread)
Leavened bread is forbidden on during Passover. Homes and even cars are searched for Chametz, after dark. Participants use candles to light the way. Prior to the search, to pieces of hard bread are left around the home for participants to find during the search. Before the search, all recite “Blessed are You, Lord, our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the removal of chametz.” Following the search, all recite the nullification of chametz “All leaven and anything leavened that is in my possession, which I have neither seen nor removed, and about which I am unaware, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.” Chametz must have been completed by the morning of March 26th, this year.