Tuesday, March 30, 2004

An important definition:

חמירא = leaven (שאור)
חמיעא = chametz (the ayin in Aramaic = the tzadi in Hebrew)

So, Kol Chamira VaChami'a = All leaven and chametz.

A look at various websites on the Internet, and I think the Artcroll Siddur as well, has the two reversed.
1) "Kol Chamira v'Chamiya - All chametz and leaven which is in my possession, which I have not seen or removed, or of which I am unaware, is hereby nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth."

2) "כל חמירא וחמיעא דאיכא ברשותי דלא חמיתיה ולדא ביערתיה, ליבטל וליהוי כעפרא דארעא". בעברית: "כל חמץ ושאור שיש ברשותי, שלא ראיתיו ושלא ביערתיו, יבטל ויהיה כעפר הארץ".

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