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Given Chametz by a Guest on Pesach - how to react?

See this answer He can accept the gift with intention not to acquire it, and discard it later. Although it is forbidden to touch chametz on Pesach, for fear that the person will come to ...
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Why are Oats Chametz if oats cannot rise

There is no special Talmudic dispensation regarding oats. The Mishna lists a grain called שבולת שועל as able to become Chametz. Most Rishonim don't identify that grain with what we call oats. Some ...
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Do the rules of chametz apply to IV nutrition?

There are really two parts to your question. One is: do the rules of Chametz apply regardless how it is ingested? http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-mitzvos-cosmetics.htm On Pesach, one may not ...
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What can I feed my fish over Pesach?

R' Cohen in Dose of Halacha quotes R' Ben-zion Abba Saul who does allow you to use flakes, though writes that others advise you to buy worms, etc. or something that is chametz free. Rambam (Chametz ...
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Moving the fridge for Pesach cleaning

The Radvaz (Teshuvos, chelek aleph: 135) and the Chayey Adam (119:6) explain that the reason we clean cracks and crevices from chametz is because maybe we may come to eat it on Pesach (because it ...
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the lechem hapanim was NOT chametz - where is the source for this?

Second Rashi Pesachim 37a quoting Menachos 27a says that they were not allowed to be Chametz. Thanks to Rabbi David Lau for this answer. The Gemara Menachos quoted by Rashi as 27a it really Menachos ...
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Finding chametz in the middle of Pesach if you sold your chametz

The Mikra’ei Kodesh, ((Laws of)Pesach 1:74) writes that nowadays when people sell all of their chametz (your contract says "and all Chametz wherever it may be found") it is prohibited to take the ...
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Can one feed the sheep / goat at the petting zoo sheep "pellets" on Hol Hamo'ed Pesach?

Star-K says it is forbidden. Q. During a Pesach visit to the zoo, may one purchase the feed for the animals? A. No. This feed is often chometz and should not be purchased or fed to the animals ...
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Do Sefardim Eat Chametz-Like Food made from Fruit Juice?

According to this article, we do :-) THE LAWS OF PESACH by Rav David Brofsky Shiur #2: The Laws of Pesach Defining Chametz (1) R. Yosef Karo (Shulchan Arukh 462:1-4) rules in accordance with the view ...
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Is the gas in my car chometz?

No because it is unfit for canine consumption pesachim 15b Shall we say that this supports him: If a loaf goes mouldy and is unfit for human consumption, yet a dog can eat it, it can be defiled ...
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Why is Chametz burned instead of being donated to charity on Passover?

To summarize the comments (as well as my personal experience): It is required to burn (or otherwise destroy) a small amount of Chametz (see here for some technical stuff). Chametz that is typically ...
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Why seem to sell and be mafkir chametz?

Shulchan Aruch O.C. 448:5 rules that chometz which is found in your home after Pesach, even if you nullified it, is forbidden. The Tur there (cited by Magen Avraham and Taz) explains that we are ...
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Why would aluminum tins need a Kosher L'Pesach hechsher?

The OU has a long article explaining the possible issues with aluminum foil and aluminum pans. Due to the concerns raised in the article there are those who manufacture aluminum in a way to avoid a ...
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Play-doh, Passover, and Purina

Rabbi Yitzchak Twersky from the OU says that play-doh does not have to be sold. Cosmetics, lotions and inedible items such as non-chewable pills and Play-Doh need not be sold CRC-Chicago ...
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Sold Chametz being visible

There's no problem with the Chametz being visible, per se, as the Pasuk that says you may not see Chametz refers to your own Chametz. There are however 2 issues that need attention: If the Chametz ...
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What does a kefula look like?

Kefula means "doubled over." We have the same root word used in the morning bracha "zokef kefufim" (He straightens those who are bent over), or in upcoming Daf Yomi, "tenai kaful" (a legal stipulation ...
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Becoming Chametz at 18 mins

The 18-minute rule is one of a few heuristics offered by the Talmud for determining whether a dough has become chametz. These are summarized by the Rambam in Hilchot Chametz Umatza 5:13: כל זמן שאדם ...
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Why is mechiras chameitz done through a Rav?

There is no Halachic restriction stopping you from selling your chametz to a gentile, provided that you make a valid sale in accordance with all the pertaining halachot. However this becomes a bit ...
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Why isn't Amaretto Kosher for Passover?

I'm sure it depends on the specific type, and producer. The CRC list you linked contains 2 Kosher for Passover Amarettos (search for amaretto on the page), but also gives a reason for why Amarettos ...
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May one go on a fishing trip during Hol Hamo'ed Pesach where chametz is used as bait?

This is not permitted because one of the restrictions of Pesach is that you are not allowed to derive any benefit from Chametz. See http://www.kosherquest.org/aboutpesach.php
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Is chimutz a wholly physical phenomenon?

See THE LAWS OF PESACH BY RAV DAVID BROFSKY from etzion.org.il First part of the quote is background. Shiur #2: The laws of Pesach. Defining chametz. Two passages in the third chapter of ...
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Is a Gentile allowed to store his/her chometz in your fridge during Pesach?

Is she halachically allowed to store her chametz in the woman's fridge? This is disscussed in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim סימן תם - דין חמצו של עכו''ם שהפקד אצל ישראל. The Halacha depends on whether ...
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Regarding chametz, what is considered "not fit to be eaten by a dog"?

As far as the "put it in front of a dog" test, I heard from a student of R' Y.B. Soloveitchik that he once said in a shiur that toothpaste is not chometz because it is not fit for dog-consumption, ...
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How long does entire process of baking matzo take to be kosher?

The Gemara in Pesachim 46a (brought in the Rambam Laws of Chametz 5:13 and the Shulchan Arukh OC 459:2) says that if one leaves dough for the length of time that it takes to walk 1 "mil" (a Talmudic ...
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What happens if Chametz was sold to a 'Gentile' who was later found out to actually be Jewish?

Although in general, the Gemara in Pesachim 28a and 29a tells us that Chametz that a Jew owned over Passover is forbidden for benefit, there may be some exception. 29a tells us that the nature of the ...
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Is chometz less of a problem before the 15th of nisson

Yes, Chametz is less of a problem on 14 Nisan. See Rambam Chametz UMatza 1:6-7 that on 14 Nisan consumption of Chametz "only" carries the punishment of lashes whereas on Pesach itself it carries the ...
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Crumbs of chametz that will not be eaten on Pesach but are easily accessed

The OP mentions "less than a kazayis" as well as "crumbs". It is proper to note that the two terms are not automatically the same in Halachah. A question can be asked as to when does a small piece of ...
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2017 store lists for avoiding chametz she'avar alav hapesach

Here is a list from Cong. Ohab Zedek in the Upper West Side.
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why do we skip mizmor l'toda on pesach but still bring the sacrifice with our lips in eyzeh mekoman?

We say the mishna of Eizehu Mekomon so that everyone should learn some mishnayos every day (Shulchan Aruch siman 50). This reasoning applies even when we can't bring some of the korbanos (such as on ...
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Can you say the Birkas Hagomel on Shabbos or Pesach?

The answer to your question is clearly yes, as you have noted, all of Kelal Yisrael says it on Shabbos. Sources can be found here as to whether it can be said at night, based on the same potential ...

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