Definitions

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  • n. Food made from leavened grain flour. The Torah states that Jews are not permitted to eat or drink it during the festival of Pesach (Passover), nor own it or even be seen with it, but must remove it from their houses and land at the beginning of the festival.
  • n. Arrogance, pride, artifice (this usage is based on a disputed translation of the Hebrew source word)

Etymologies

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Transliteration of Ancient Hebrew חמץ (leavened bread, leaven, ferment, corruption, extortion)

Examples

  • Jews are forbidden to have any chametz, which is literally any kind of grain mixed with leaven and allowed to swell up.

    Street Seders: Sacred Protest

  • The candle with which you look for the chametz is the awareness of the heart that you are shining on all the places in yourself, all parts of yourself.

    Tikkun Magazine - Current Thinking

  • These foods are called "chametz" and it's the prohibition against owning even a crumb of the stuff during Passover that creates the greatest levels of anxiety.

    BrothersJudd Blog

  • It's customary to rid your house of all chametz--non-Kosher for Passover items.

    Joel Dovev: The 10 Plagues Of Divorce

  • In this case chametz is all that emotional baggage we have lugged, at one point or another.

    Joel Dovev: The 10 Plagues Of Divorce

  • According to Jewish law, nothing made with chametz (any of a number of proscribed cereals and grains, including corn) during passover may be consumed — so in order not to lose sales from observant Jews during that eight day period, a small number of Coca-Cola bottlers make a limited batch of the original Coke formulation, using refined sugar.

    Kosher for Passover Coke: It’s the Real Thing Baby

  • “According to Jewish law, nothing made with chametz (any of a number of proscribed cereals and grains, including corn) during passover may be consumed — so in order not to lose sales from observant Jews during that eight day period, a small number of Coca-Cola bottlers make a limited batch of the original Coke formulation, using refined sugar.”

    Kosher for Passover Coke: It’s the Real Thing Baby

  • The trouble was that marmosets, which were a popular pet at the time, were definitely not chametz, and yet they had to be put outside because of the popular local superstition that marmosets were pleasing to Elijah (מרמוסט אליהו) and therefore had to be tied up outside to attract the prophet into thehouse.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Passover and the charination ritual

  • Eric: I would say “hairinate,” since the first part of the word derives from “chametz” (pronounced, and sometimes spelled, “hametz”).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Passover and the charination ritual

  • It basically means “to make something into chametz by rolling it inflour.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Passover and the charination ritual

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