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Sale of Chametz

Mechirat Chametz

As you are aware, during the eight days of Pesach, our homes must be cleared of all grain products and all products that have any grain content. All such items are to be placed in designated areas and sold for the eight-day period to a non-Jew. During the entire Pesach, the designated cabinets should not be opened, and no items in the designated areas should be used during this period.

Changes in Mechira due to COVID-19

While I still hope that we can all see each other before Pesach, you may use this online form to sell your chametz this year.

This year real chametz (chametz gamur) may be included in the sale, even if you do not typically include it. You do not have to specify the exact type of chametz items; rather, you can mention general categories; e.g., liquor, pasta, and cereal.

Kinyan

When appointing a(n) shaliach/agent, a Kinyan (completed by the lifting of an item, i.e handkerchief) is made with the agent to confirm the validity of the sale. During this time of heightened health precautions, Rav Schachter has paskined that it is permitted to fill out (either virtually or with a pen) the document and send it back without the kinyan. The language in the Mechira agreement has been changed to serve in lieu of the kinyan.

The reason why this is permitted is because the most important aspect of appointing a shaliach is ‘daas,’ full understanding and acceptance by the individual. There is a minhag that we concretize that acceptance with a kinyan sudar, due to our health concerns.

Please note: Chametz cannot be eaten after 10:19 am on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020.

Delegation of Power of Attorney for Sale of Chametz Inside the US

KNOW YE that I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi Andrew Markowitz to act in my place and stead, and in my behalf to sell all CHAMETZ possessed by me (knowingly or unknowingly) defined as claimed by The Torah and Rabbinic Law (e.g. Chametz, doubt of Chametz, and all kinds of Chametz mixtures), as well as Chametz that tends to harden and to adhere to a surface of inside of pans, pots and cooking and usable utensils, and all kinds of live animals that have been eating Chametz or mixtures thereof, and to lease all places wherein the Chametz owned by me may be found, especially in the premises indicated below and elsewhere.

Rabbi Markowitz has the full right to sell and to lease by transactions, as he deems fit and proper and for such time which he believes necessary in accordance with all terms detailed in the general authorization contract which is in the possession of Rabbi Markowitz authorizing him to sell Chametz; on behalf of others. I hereby give Rabbi Markowitz full power and authority to appoint a substitute in his stead with full power to sell and lease as provided herein. The above given power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinical regulations and laws.

I am appointing Rabbi Andrew Markowitz or his designee as agent to sell my chametz to a non-Jew.

Home - please provide complete address including apartment # (if appropriate) and city, state, and zip.

i.e. office, residence, vacation home, etc. - please provide complete address including apartment # (if appropriate) and city, state, and zip.

 (Kitchen, Pantry, Bar, etc.)
The period of lease of premises will usually be April 8-16, 2020.

I further authorize Rabbi Markowitz to rent or sublease to the purchaser of this chametz the area immediately under the chametz to be sold.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SALE DEPENDS ON THE CHAMETZ BEING ACCESSIBLE TO THE NON-JEWISH PARTY TO WHOM IT IS SOLD.PLEASE CLEARLY INDICATE HOW THE CHAMETZ CAN BE ACCESSED FOR ALL OF PESACH.

ACCESS TO CHAMETZ (INCLUDING TIMES WHEN I AM NOT AT HOME) CAN BE ARRANGED BY CONTACTING (if you are home for all of Pesach, put your contact information here, otherwise put a contact who can access your home):
Please seize this opportunity to fulfull the mitzvah of helping needy individuals and families celebrate Pesach with joy. All funds collected with this form are used to provide Passover provisions and services to those in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 
Tue, March 31 2020 6 Nisan 5780