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Sale of Hametz

What is Hametz?

Wheat, oats, rye, barley, or spelt become hametz (fermented) if they come in contact with water for 18 minutes after harvesting. The term hametz is also applied to dishes and utensils which have been in contact with hametz foods during the year.

The Torah prohibits the ownership of hametz during Pesach. Therefore, we arrange for mekhiratz hametz, the sale of the hametz to a non-Jew. This transfer is accomplished by appointing an agent, the rabbi, to handle the sale. It is a valid and legal transfer of ownership. At the end of the holiday, the agent arranges for the reversion of the ownership of the non-allowed hametz. If the ownership of the hametz was not transferred before the holiday, the use of the hametz is prohibited after the holiday as well.

Proceeds help to provide Passover foods for the needy.

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Wed, August 21 2019 20 Av 5779