Selling Your Chametz
After Purim is the beginning of our Pesach preparations. We are thinking about what we'll serve for our seders, who we'll invite, and cleaning the house. On Pesach, we aren't merely refraining from eating chametz or even not benefiting from chametz, we are not even allowed to own chametz. Food that we have and the dishes that we cook with must be disposed of in some manner.
In the Middle Ages, Jews who owned bakeries and breweries were left with large inventories of chametz, so in order to get around the prohibition of owning chametz, they sold their inventories to non-Jews. Over the centuries, as people became richer and owned more, individuals followed the businessmen's lead and also sold their chametz to non-Jews. Even in the 19th century, it was common for individual Jews to sell their chametz to non-Jewish friends.
However, the laws of the sale must be performed in a particular manner in order. To prevent individuals from doing invalid sales (and thus still owning chametz on Pesach), the local Rabbis started to handle this function. We now give the local Rabbi the Power of Attorney to sell our chametz for us.
Please submit this authorization to the Rabbi by Thursday, April 18, 2019. Responsibility cannot be accepted for forms received late.
NOTE: When you submit this form, you will receive an email from MailChimp confirming your subscription to a mailing list called Chametz. Please confirm your subscription. Otherwise, we will not have the information we need in order to sell your chametz. You will only receive an email from this Chametz list once we finish selling the chametz. After that, we will delete this information.
If you are planning to be in Israel or Europe for Pesach, please contact Rabbi Bassous.
You can also download a paper copy of this form and mail it into Congregation Etz Ahaim.
It is customary to give tzedakah (charity) when selling chametz. Your donation will go to our charity fund. Please click on the button below to make a donation to our charity fund and to sell your chametz..