Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Prohibition Against Owning Hametz on Pesah

The Prohibition Against Owning Hametz on Pesah
Day: Thursday
Date: March 31, 2016
Parshat: Shemini, Parah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 448

The Torah commands us rid our homes of all hametz on Pesah and separately it forbids us from owning hametz on Pesah. Therefore, the Hachamim decreed that any hametz owned by a Jew during Pesah is forbidden for benefit for anyone even after Pesah. Even if a person declared that he doesn't want any of the hametz in his posession, he still may not keep it in house over Pesah unless it has been sold to a non Jew. There are some poskim who hold that it is even forbidden to smell hametz if it was owned by a Jew on Pesah.

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