The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 16 June 2007 / 30 Sivan 5767

What Happened to the Chametz?

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Just before Pesach Jews are accustomed to selling their chametz to a non-Jew in order to avoid violating the Torah prohibition against owning any product on Pesach which may have leavened dough in its contents.

This past Pesach a family in Israel spent the holiday away from home after dutifully selling their chametz through their local rabbi. When they returned home their four-year old son took a look at all the food products in the reopened closets and exclaimed in his youthful innocence:

"But the non-Jew didn't eat any of our chametz!"

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