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Questions tagged [selling-mechirat-chametz]

Questions about the sale of chametz (leaven) before Pesach. Leavened products are forbidden throughout the holiday, and must be destroyed or sold beforehand.

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Chometz Gamur after Pesach, buying and eating

For someone who is machpid not to sell chometz gamur, but either burns, gives away, eats or throws it in the trash, etc, before Pesach, would he also be machpid not to buy and consume chometz gamur ...
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Why sell chametz to a woman?

I see that someone claims that, when it comes to selling one's chametz to a non-Jew before Pesach, יש מחלוקות ודעות שונות איזה קנינים לעשות, ואם למכור לגוי או דוקא לגויה — in my own, loose ...
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Can you accept money for your chametz items during Pesach?

You sold your chametz to a non-Jew, directly. During Hol Hamo'ed, the non-Jew comes to your home and says he wants your $500 single malt scotch, and he writes you a check for it. He walks out with ...
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Why is mechiras chameitz done through a Rav?

The general procedure for mechiras chameitz is as follows: you tell your local Rav to sell your chameitz to a non-Jew in the city, and he does so. Is there any reason why I can't sell my chameitz to a ...
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Person going through giyur le'chumrah obligated to sell chametz?

I know someone who needs a Giyur le'chumrah and was asked by his rabbi to SELL (NOT to buy) his chametz before Pessach. I thought that selling chametz is only for yehudim. Could someone explain this?...
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Can one leave birdseed in an outdoor bird feeder during Pesach? [duplicate]

This question regarding selling birdseed that contains wheat or barley, etc. states that if the seeds get wet, they are chametz. The seeds in an outdoor bird-feeder in a non-desert climate certainly ...
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Is it preferrable to sell chometz to a non jew who is located in the same town that the chometz is located in?

For example, if one lives in Brooklyn but will be spending Pesach in LA, should the chometz be sold to a non jew who lives in Brooklyn, since selling it to someone who resides in LA would look more ...
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Who is authorized to buy back the chametz if the rabbi can't?

Usually, the shul rabbi sells the chametz before Pesach. What happens if the rabbi cannot buy it back after Pesach (e.g. dies, is incapacitated, had to leave town on emergency, etc.) Who is ...
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How can a Gentile buy chametz?

Bouncing off of the interesting question about how to become a Shabbos Goy, how can a Gentile purchase chametz? There is a lot of information here and everywhere on how Jews can sell their chametz ...
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Finding chametz in the middle of Pesach if you sold your chametz

If someone founds chametz in their house during Pesach the Shulchan Aruch writes that if it's Chol HaMoed one must go out and burn it immediately and if it's Yom Tov ne should put a cli over it and ...
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Insurance Claim on Sold Chametz

A Jew sells his chometz including an expensive non-kosher la'pesach whiskey collection located in a cellar. A fire burns down the cellar and destroys all the whiskey. The Jew makes a claim on his ...
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2017 store lists for avoiding chametz she'avar alav hapesach

Are there any lists available online of stores/store chains that are/not of concern with regard to chametz she'avar alav hapesach for 2017 - particularly for the New York metropolitan area?
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Must one stop automatic deductions to a “chometz fund” during Pesach?

A person works in a small office that comprises a staff of Jews and non-Jews. Each month, payroll deducts an amount from people's paycheck to go to a fund to buy chametz breakfast items such as ...
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Who can witness the sale of chametz?

Our shul's practice (which I imagine is very common) is for members of the community to appoint the rabbi as their agent for selling chametz. The rabbi then sells everything to a local priest, along ...
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Is one required to leave a house key with the rabbi when selling chametz?

Because of convenience, I used a different community rav this year when I sold my Chametz. On the contract, there was a statement that said, "If I will not be home", a key to my home can be found at ...
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Selling a Rented Apartment for Pesach

There is a common practice of selling one's Chometz for Pesach. Some even sell a room or a specific area of their apartment for Pesach. Let's say I was living in a rented apartment. Am I allowed to ...
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Selling Chometz to a gentile who has a Jewish heir

Does Halacha recognize a concept of Kerovim (close relative) when it comes to a legal fiction of selling Chometz? I believe a convert would inherit halachically from their father. Does this ...
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Selling contents of car trunk for Pesach

Would it be acceptable to put chometzdik items in the trunk of one's car, and then sell the contents of the trunk to a non-Jew before Pesach? Assume one would not open the trunk during Pesach, but ...
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Do you have to re-tovel non-Pesach dishware after buying it back?

"Utensils which are bought from a non-Jew, even if they are brand new, require immersion in a kosher mikveh." --From Weekly Halacha: Selected Halachos Related to Parshas Vayera by Rabbi Doniel ...
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Does the down payment for selling chomets have to be a percentage of its value

Today many large stores sell their chomets with a down payment of less than a .001 percent of its value. Is this kosher? The Kitsur has a shtar mechiras chomets with different values of the down ...
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Do any communities have the non-Jew come get some of his chametz?

There is an established practice to sell one's chametz (leavened products) to a non-Jew over Passover to avoid the biblical prohibition of a Jew owning chametz during the festival. Unfortunately, ...
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Does the chametz sales contract need to be enforceable under secular law?

We go to great lengths to ensure that our pre-Pesach chametz sale is effective according to halacha. Thus, we effect the sale via various means of acquisition: kinyan kesef, kinyan sudar, kinyan agav ...
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Criteria to be considered a gentile for the purposes of selling chametz?

I understand that for some tasks or jobs (particularly those relating to kashrut), Judaism ritually requires more than the criteria of matrilineal descent to qualify as a Jew. E.g., as I understand it,...
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Can one sell Chametz he doesn't know about?

If one sold his Chometz in his house for Pesach, and then found (on Pesach) some old Chometz food lying around, does he have to burn it? He probably didn't have it in mind during the sale, but on the ...
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Selling flour for Pesach

For those who do not rely on heter mechira (selling) for bal yera'eh bal yimatzeh (the prohibition to own leaven on Pesach) for chametz gamur (certain leaven), do they generally sell flour or get rid ...
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Does a Jewish-owned supermarket need to completely seal its chametz product aisles?

Follow up to this question: In almost all the Jewish-owned supermarkets that I have seen, the store owner completely seals the chametz aisles by placing a huge cardboard "wall" at both ends of the ...
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Sold Chametz being visible

Is there any issue with chametz sold to a non-Jew being visible during pesach? For example, if I sell my whiskey, can I keep the whiskey in a glass enclosure in the living room where it could be seen?
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Intermarried couple - Can the Jewish spouse sell chametz to the Gentile spouse?

I think the title of the question pretty much says it all. Furthermore, since they are living together, in the same home, can the Gentile spouse eat the chametz in presence of the the other spouse, or ...
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Can a Gentile “transfer” part of your chametz during Hol Hamo'ed Pesach?

Natan uses his Rav as an agent to sell his chametz before Pesach. The rav sells the chametz to Jose. On the 1st day of Hol Hamo'ed, Jingram stops by Natan's home and says that he is really hungry ...
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Play-doh, Passover, and Purina

from: http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.com/2014/04/toiletries-on-pesach.html On Pesach, anything that is rauy l’achilas kelev (can be eaten by a dog) is considered chametz. The Shulchan Aruch (OC 442: ...
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Selling chametz, and rotze b'kiyumo

As codified in, e.g., Mishna B'rura 450:24, it's forbidden to put oneself in a situation that he desires the continued existence of chametz on Pesach because its nonexistence would cause him some loss....
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Paying tax on chametz sale

In most states, certain food items are taxable. For example, in NY, sales tax is charged on soda, wine and beer. If this is included in the sale of my chametz, and I don't charge the buyer tax, I may ...
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Selling Hametz on Ebay

Can I sell my chametz via eBAY? I have no expectation that I want to buy it back. I would pack it and ship it before Pesach, so it's definitely not in my posession during Pesach. Is this problematic ...
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(How) can a minor sell his chametz?

Most of us who have chametz we don't wish to destroy (or consume) before Pesach sell it to a non-Jew; after Pesach, he usually will sell it back to us instead of settling in cash. It's well known ...
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What if the non-Jew to whom I have sold my chometz converts?

What would be the net effect if the non-Jewish person to whom I have sold my chometz for Pesach converts to Judaism over Pesach?
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Selling Hametz on Amazon FBA during Passover

A man sells Hametz products on Amazon.com. The goods are physically located in Amazon's warehouses - fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), shipped and sold throughout Passover. The weekly sales are significant ...
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Would I be allowed to sell my Chametz alcohol during the Prohibition?

During the Prohibition in the United States, owning alcohol was permitted, though selling it was prohibited. If I had a barrel of Vodka which I bought before the prohibition was made law, would I be ...
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What if the non-Jew who owns the chametz dies? [duplicate]

What happens if the non-Jew who the chametz was sold to on Pesach dies? If he has a will, then the chametz would be passed on to someone else, and we could try to buy it back from him. However, if ...
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Why seem to sell and be mafkir chametz?

My understanding is that we do both of the following: We (appoint a rabbi as an agent to) sell our chametz to a gentile. This sale takes place the morning of the day before Pesach, before the ...
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May one sell challah to a gentile?

Consider the following scenario. A person left his home in Eretz Yisrael to go to Chutz L'Aretz for Pesach. He remembered before the zman issur in Chutz L'Aretz that there was a piece of challah (...
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Selling Chometz to a young gentile

May the sell of chometz be done with a young gentile that in Judaism would be considered a "katan" in terms of halacha and therefore perhaps wouldn't be able to have his buying and selling be "valid" ...
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Does it matter through whom you sell your chometz?

I have seen online forms and received emails from many far-flung places offering to sell my chometz for me. I also have a competent Rabbi in my local shul who is willing to do it. No two of these ...
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Legitimacy of selling חמץ

What are the arguments for and against the now-widespread practice of selling חמץ prior to פסח?
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Limits to sale of חמץ

I'm looking for the outer limits of what is considered a valid sale of חמץ. We do use some tools (Shtar, Halifin) to effect the sale and make sure it's "legitimate". As two example issues of this ...
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What happens if the non-Jew the chometz was sold to dies?

I can't imagine it has never come up before: Someone sells their chometz before Pesach to a non-Jew. On Pesach the non-Jew dies. What happens now?
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Difficult phrases in the “Sale of Chametz” document

I am currently working on a clarification of the document which is usually used by rabbis to sell chametz to a non-Jew. The version I am working with is that of Harav hagGaon Avraham Aharon Yudelewitz ...
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failed sale of chametz

Are there any recorded (recorded, perhaps, in responsa) instances of a failed sale of chametz (e.g., the gentile refused to buy the stuff and another couldn't be found, or the rabbi forgot to do it), ...
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Is Selling חמץ Legitimate?

Do you sell your חמץ before פסח? Why or why not? This is meant, in part, as a form of a survey, but also as a collection for arguments both for and against. Please cite your sources.
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Trash as Chometz

Is the trash in my trash cans that must stay on my property during Passover still considered under my ownership?
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Selling of Chomez and traveling for Pesach

If I sell my Chometz with my local Rabbi and then travel for the whole Chag of Pesach, do I need to leave my house key with the rav in case the non-jew who purchased it wants to collect it. If so, and ...