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Sale of chametz

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Sale of Chametz

Many generations ago, the number of Jews who sold their chametz on Pesach was relatively small. The enactment and general custom of selling one's chametz does not appear in the Talmud, and it seems that in the distant past there was little need for it.

In those times, each Jew would ensure that there almost no chametz remained in his possession when Pesach arrived. The small amount that was left over was burned or otherwise disposed of, as the Torah commands (Shemos 12:15): "Only on the first day shall you clear the leaven from your houses."

Over the ages, there arose a need to provide a practical alternative to destroying chametz for owners of manufacturing plants and breweries, for whom this aspect of the festival of Pesach raised a tangible threat of financial collapse. In particular, after the industrial revolution and the methods of mass production that emerged in its wake, the conventional means of dealing with chametz on Pesach became economically unviable. A new approach was called for.

The solution was to sell the chametz to a non-Jew before Pesach, and to buy it back after Pesach. By selling the chametz to a non-Jew before the festival commences (and before the time that chametz becomes prohibited), the Jew transgresses no prohibition, and the chametz does not become forbidden by going through Pesach in a Jew's possession.

Today, there is barely a Jewish household that does not sell its chametz before Pesach. Some utilize the sale for expensive chametz products (in particular whisky), whereas others ensure that they dispose of all "proper chametz," and rely on the sale for products that have a concern for chametz (or chametz mixtures) though they aren't full chametz.

By filling in the authorization document online, you give the site rabbis authority to sell all chametz products on your behalf, and make sure that your Pesach will be chametz-free. Please ensure to fill in all required details carefully.

Document of Authorization

I the undersigned,
living at address: telephone number:
email:

hereby empower and give full authority to Rav Asher Weiss, and to the members of the "Darchei Torah" Beis Hora'ah, or to somebody of their appointment, to deal will all types of chametz – whether belonging to me or belonging to others yet in my possession or my responsibility, or chametz that is mine and not in my possession, and even chametz that I shall purchase after signing this document, or chamtetz that others gave me to sell on their behalf – as though it was theirs, including the right to sell, to give away, to render ownerless, or to rent out. This power means to include all types of chametz, mixures of chametz, stale and hardened chametz, residual chametz that is stuck in utensils of all sorts, and further includes the places in which any of the above are present.

and/or in any other place they are found.

The legal and halachic power of this document shall be in accordance with the full severity of documents that are written up according to the enactments of Chazal, meaning to exclude any concern for assumption (asmachta) and for tofsei de-shtari. The document shall also be legally binding in secular law, such than the appointee's hand shall be as my hand, and his actions as mine.
To give this document further halachic strength all of the above has been confirmed by a kinyan agav sudar.
Vehakol Sharir Vekayam.

Signed:

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