Sign In Forgot Password

Search for Hametz


Click here to sell your Hametz by:  April 4, 2023 | Midnight


One of the most significant observances related to Pesah involves the removal of hametz from our homes. This commemorates the fact that the Jews leaving Egypt were in a hurry and did not have time to let their bread rise. It is also a symbolic way of removing the "puffiness" (arrogance, pride) from our souls.


Hametz includes anything made from the five major grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt) that has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after coming into contact with water. Orthodox Jews of Ashkenazic background also avoid rice, corn, peanuts, and legumes (beans) as if they were hametz. All of these items are commonly used to make bread, thus use of them was prohibited to avoid any confusion. Such additional items are referred to as "kitniyot."


We may not eat hametz during Pesah; we may not even own it or derive benefit from it. We may not even feed it to our pets or cattle. All hametz, including utensils used to cook hametz, must either be disposed of or sold to a non-Jew (they can be repurchased after the holiday). Pets' diets must be changed for the holiday, or the pets must be sold to a non-Jew (like the food and utensils, the pets can be repurchased after the holiday ends). From the gentile's perspective, the purchase functions much like the buying and selling of futures on the stock market: even though he does not take physical possession of the goods, his temporary legal ownership of those goods is very real and potentially profitable.


The process of cleaning the home of all hametz in preparation for Pesah is an enormous task. To do it right, you must prepare for several weeks and spend several days scrubbing everything down, going over the edges of your stove and fridge with a toothpick and a Q-tip, using foil or shelf-liner to cover all surfaces that come in contact with hametz, etc., etc. After the cleaning is completed, the morning before the seder, a formal search of the house for hametz is undertaken, and any remaining hametz is burned.


The grain product we eat during Pesah is called matzah. Matzah is unleavened bread, made simply from flour and water and cooked very quickly. This is the bread that the Jews made for their flight from Egypt. We have come up with many inventive ways to use matzah; it is available in a variety of  textures for cooking: matzah flour (finely ground for cakes and cookies), matzah meal (coarsely ground, used as a bread crumb substitute), matzah farfel (little chunks, a noodle or bread cube substitute), and full-sized matzahs (about 10 inches square, a bread substitute).

Selling You Hametz Form: Due April 4th | Midnight

Selling Your HametzThose persons who wish to sell their Hametz, please fill out the form which authorizes Rabbi Kornberg to act on your behalf. The authorization empowers Rabbi Kornberg to sell the Hametz you own, and the place where it is stored, at terms that Rabbi Kornberg sees fit. Rabbi Kornberg keeps the authorization and sells the hametz to a non-Jew by means of a “shetar mikheera (a formal bill of sale),” which contains all of the terms of the sale. At the conclusion of Passover, one buys it back. While this transaction is not intended to be a real sale, nevertheless, since all the formal requirements of a legal sale have been met, it satisfies the requirement of the law forbidding the possession of leaven during Passover.

This form must be signed and returned to Rabbi Kornberg by April 4th, midnight.

In case Rabbi Kornberg needs to contact you.
You must provide the physical address where the Hametz included in this sale is located. This contract is invalid without this information.

I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi David Kornberg to act in my place and stead, and in my place to sell all hametz possessed by me as defined by Torah and Rabbinic law. Rabbi Kornberg is also empowered and permitted to lease all places wherein the hametz owned by me may be found.

Rabbi Kornberg has the full right to sell and lease by transactions, as he deems fit and proper, for such time which he believes necessary.

Also I do hereby give the said Rabbi Kornberg 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 and Rabbinical laws and regulations, and also in accordance with the laws of the State of California and of the United States.

This box must be checked in order to execute this contract.

By entering my printed name I acknowledge that electronic signatures have the same legal effect as ink signatures.

There is no charge for the service of acting as your agent for the Sale of Hametz, however, all donations collected with this form are put into Rabbi Kornberg's Discretionary Fund and used to provide help to those in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and any amount is welcome.


Fri, March 24 2023 2 Nisan 5783