<div><span class="gmail_quote">On 4/12/07, <b class="gmail_sendername"><a href="mailto:MPoppers@kayescholer.com">MPoppers@kayescholer.com</a></b> <<a href="mailto:MPoppers@kayescholer.com">MPoppers@kayescholer.com</a>> wrote:
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<p>OK, so let's say the reason for this minhag isn't related to the chashash of a b'rachah l'vatalah. Can someone tell me re what other mitzvah we're chosheish that the person performing the mitzvah may not perform it as well as possible, such that we challenge him by deliberately making it harder and/or more involved? IMHO, this smacks of lifnei eeveir, even if the person hiding the pieces is 101% sure that s/he will be able to find any which the searcher cannot find. (NB: I'm merely trying to understand this minhag, not to question the sincerity or commitment of its practicioners.) Thanks.
<div>The purpose is not to make the mitzvah harder and more involved, but make it more effective. As RAM wrote, it does actually make you search more thoroughly, which is the whole point of bedikas chametz. You should be looking that thoroughly in any case. The 10 pieces is just an extra incentive to make sure.