Authorization to Sell Chametz
Nisan 5779 – April 2019
The Torah prohibits the ownership of chametz (leavened grain) during Pesach (Passover). If possible, all chametz – food not acceptable during Pesach, or materials containing such unacceptable food – should be destroyed or given away before the holiday begins. Should this be impossible, the chametz may be stored in such a way that one is sure to not use it during the holiday. Its actual ownership is transferred to a non-Jew until the holiday ends.
The transfer, mekhirat hametz, is accomplished by appointing an agent, usually 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 ownership of the now-permitted chametz. If ownership of the chametz was not transferred before the holiday, the use of this chametz is prohibited after the holiday as well.
It is appropriate to make a gift of tzedakah when appointing an agent for the sale of chametz.
Please complete and return this form no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019