In my neighborhood there is a supermarket which is owned by a non-religious Jew. He keeps it open over Pesach and sells (and presumably buys) chometz. The community does not purchase chometz items from that store for 2 weeks afterwards, which is time enough for all the chometz items which had been owned over Pesach to cycle through the store and be replenished.

My question is: is there any prohibition attached to the money made through the selling of chometz over Pesach? Meaning, for example, if the store owner sold a loaf of bread on Pesach and now wants to use that exact same physical money from that sale to buy something from is there any prohibition involved?

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The gemara in kiddushin 58a says that the only issurei hana'ah that have a problem of tefisat damim (the prohibition of the monetary exchange) are avoda zara (idolatry), hekdesh (consecrated items**), and peirot shevi'it (produce of the sabbatical year from the land of Israel; I believe even the idolatry issue is only with regard to tikrovet avoda zara [idolatrous offerings; e.g. the issue was raised with regard to wigs made with the hairs used in Hindu religious rituals]). However, the money from sale of chametz she'avar alav hapesach (or even from the sale of an idol itself) should not be an issue (see also: http://download.yutorah.org/2006/1053/735070.pdf).

**I believe this extends, at least rabbinically, to other holy items such as synagogues and Torah scrolls.

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