The annual community-wide chometz burning will take place from 6:30 to 11:47 a.m. Friday, April 18, according to the Chabad of Greater Monsey blog.
For the uninitiated, chometz (also spelled chametz) is leavened food you’re not allowed to eat during Passover. Observant Jews rid their homes of all chometz before the eight-day holiday begins, this year at sundown April 19.
Here are the rules:
The burning is for bedikas chometz only. Wrap chometz in paper bags only. Plastic bottles, glass bottles and aerosol cans are not permitted. Children can visit the burn site only if accompanied by a responsible adult.
Bedikas chometz is the chometz found during a special search on Passover eve (when Passover starts on the Sabbath, it’s moved a day earlier, I believe). The idea is that you’ve removed all chometz from your house already, but you do this really thorough search of your entire home, as if you hadn’t searched your home yet at all.Â (Please let me know if I didn’t get all the details right.)
2007 photo of the community chometz burning in Monsey by Kathy Gardner / The Journal News / LoHud.comÂ