Chapter: 6 – Mekhirat Ĥametz – the Sale of Ĥametz

1. Sparing Ĥametz from Destruction by Selling It to a Gentile

By midday of the fourteenth of Nisan, every Jew must have disposed of the ĥametz in his possession. In the past, Jews would plan their food purchases and their meals so that by Pesaĥ they would have finished consuming any … Continue reading

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2. How the Practice of Selling Ĥametz Spread

About 400 years ago, many Jews living in Europe began to support themselves through the production and sale of whiskey. This was because the barons, the landowners, would often contract Jews to manage their affairs, and it was common for … Continue reading

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3. For Whom Is the Ĥametz Sale Intended Today?

In recent generations, new storage methods have been introduced that allow us to preserve food products for long periods of time. As a result, food manufacturers and dealers are in constant possession of large inventories of food, and they need … Continue reading

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4. The Laws of the Sale

Every Jew, before selling ĥametz, should read the authorization contract he will be signing, so that he understands that he is empowering the rabbi to sell his ĥametz, and that the sale is absolute. Nonetheless, if instead of reading the … Continue reading

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5. The Deadline for Selling Ĥametz and the Status of One Visiting Israel or Abroad

The sale must take place while it is still permitted to derive benefit from ĥametz, for when the sixth hour of the day of the fourteenth of Nisan arrives, and it becomes forbidden to derive benefit from ĥametz, it likewise … Continue reading

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6. Ĥametz That Was Sold – Its Status after Pesaĥ

After Pesaĥ, it is best not to use the ĥametz that was sold until one can assume that the rabbi has bought it all back. When necessary, though, one may take out some ĥametz immediately after Pesaĥ with a willingness … Continue reading

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