One Last Thing

Rav Yosef Kanefsky of emails:

With a wonderful Pesach now behind us, there is still one last halachik matter that we need to be aware of that affects our post-Pesach shopping. Chametz that was Jewishly-owned over Pesach (in violation of the mitzva to dispossess ourselves of chametz) may not be eaten. The only practical consequence of this for us, is that we may not buy actual chametz (see below) from a couple of local stores for the next few weeks, i.e. until the stock that was in the store’s property over Pesach moves out. The email from the RCC below, explains all the details.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Rav Yosef

· All RCC-supervised establishments have sold their Chometz and one may buy from them after Pesach.
· It has been determined that one may buy Chometz from the following supermarkets /outlets:
Big lots
Bristol Farms
Coffee Bean
Food 4 Less
Jetro / Restaurant Depot (even though the CEO and COO are Jewish, it is owned by a German group i.e. Metro.)
Longs drugs
Meir’s Produce
Nuts & More
Ralphs /Kroger
Rite Aid
Sam’s Club
Seven Eleven
Trader Joe’s
Vons /Pavilions
Whole Foods Markets

We were not successful in convincing 99 Cent Only Stores to do a Mechira this year.
We have no information on Erewhon this year.

It has been brought to our attention that Smart and Final stores are owned by an entity that is subject to “Sale of Chometz” . we are not aware of an Machira having been executed. Therefore, Real Chometz may not be purchased until Lag Baomer (May 2, 2010)

Following are examples of “Real Chometz” and may not be purchased until above date:

Cereals with primary ingredient of: oats, wheat or barley
Rolled Oats

It is reasonable to assume that freshly baked and delivered items at S&F, manufactured by outside companies which are not Jewish-owned, are permissible 10 days after Pesach.

Following are examples of products that are not Halachically considered “Real Chometz” and may be purchased:

Flour WITHOUT malted barley as an ingredient
Food coloring
Vinegar (from unknown source)
Yeast and yeast extract

· Additionally, a Mechirah was done for the following establishments*:

Sadaf / Soofer Company
Wine & Liquor Depot
West Pico Foods

(*in accordance with Igros Moshe Vol.1 resp. 149 ; vol.2 resp. 91 and other Poskim. See Piskei Teshuvos 448-83)

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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