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I will be away for Passover. Do I still need to sell my chametz to a non-Jew?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Michael: Good afternoon Rabbi. Quick question: I will be away...

Do I need to do the Search for Chametz if I won't be home for Passover?

If you will be gone for the entire Passover and are selling all the Chametz in your home to a non-Jew, you do not need to do the ceremonial Search for...

What are "Kitniyot"?

Kitniyot are legumes and other grain-like substances such as rice and corn.  The medieval Jewish sages placed a ban on eating Kitniyot on...

What should I do with all my Chametz?

It is forbidden to eat or own chametz on Pesach. Therefore all chametz must be consumed, destroyed, sold or given to a non-Jew before Pesach (see When...

What should I do about chametz which might be stuck to my braces?

The best option is to have a dentist professionally clean your teeth and braces on the day before Pesach. If this is not possible, you must clean and floss...

When did the practice of selling the Chametz begin?

The sale of chametz to a non-Jew before Passover is already mentioned in the Mishnah.1 The Mishnah discusses a normal sale, where the Jew would get rid of...

What is the kabbalistic view on chametz?

Well, the difference between chametz and matzah is that chametz is bloated, which signifies arrogance, while the matzah is flat, signifying humility. So...

Why is chametz only forbidden on Passover?

The exodus from Egypt was the beginning of our birth as a nation at Sinai. So in our spiritual service during Passover we are at the beginning of our trip....

Can I feed my pet non-kosher food?

It is permissible to feed non-kosher food to your pet. In fact the Torah says (Exodus 22:30): "you shall not eat flesh of an animal that was torn in the...

What is Chametz?

Chametz is any product that contains wheat, barley, oats, spelt or rye that has leavened (risen). Our Rabbis have determined that flour from any of these...