IDF Artillery Soldiers have prepared for Passover in the last few days with a thorough cleaning of leavened bread (chametz) from their second homes—their tanks and self-propelled guns (SPGs).
“Preparing a tank for Passover is comprised of two parts,” explained Armored Corps Rabbi Captain Mordechai Cohen, “the interior and the exterior.”
And if you thought it’s just dust, and dust is not chametz, Artillery Corps Rabbi Capt. Ya'akov Dadon explained that “while training and maintaining the armored vehicles, the guys eat and live inside the SPGs. It’s their second home.
“They have hiding places for food, so we need to find all the bread and snack leftovers. And so, a rabbinate team assists the soldiers and patiently helps them clean vehicle after vehicle.”
Rabbi Cohen then demonstrated how to clean a tank, adding that “we must be thorough. Except from the annual cleanings that are somewhat fun to do, we also check for chametz, check all around the tank and inside it.”
(Translated & edited by Lior Mor)