Appointing a Shaliach for Bedikat Chametz

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Question:

May one appoint a Shaliach (proxy) to perform Bedikat Chametz for him?

Are women allowed to perform bedikat chametz?


Answer:

One may designate a shaliach, a proxy, to perform bedikat chametz on one’s behalf. [1]

One may ask his sons or friends to help him perform the bedikah. Those who are participating should listen to the head of the household’s berachah and not recite their own individual Berachot. [2]

However, If the entire bedikah is being performed through a shaliach, the berachah should be recited by the shaliach. [3]


Bedikat chametz may be performed by a woman or a child who has reached the age of chinuch. However, it should preferably be performed by an adult male. [4] A woman who lives alone or shares an apartment with other women is obligated to perform bedikat chametz in her home. [5]


*Sources:*

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 432:2; Mishnah Berurah §8.

[2]. Chayei Adam 119:20; Shulchan Aruch HaRav §8; Mishnah Berurah §11; Kaf HaChaim §25; Chazon Ovadia, Pesach §1, p. 48; Yalkut Yosef, Pesach, vol. 1, p. 356.

[3]. Mishnah Berurah 432:10; Rabbi Yitzchak Chai Tayib, Erech HaShulchan, §4; Chazon Ovadia, Pesach §1, p. 49.

[4]. Mishnah Berurah 432:8.

[5]. Yalkut Yosef, Pesach, vol. 1, p. 357.

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