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Selling Hametz

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, therefore the 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.

 To Sell Your Hametz, Submit Form by: 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