On Passover one is prohibited to possess Chametz (leaven). All Chametz that will not be eaten or burned before Passover must be sold to a non-Jew. Any Chametz remaining in the possession of a Jew during Passover may not be used, eaten, bought or sold even after Passover.

Therefore, all Chametz and Chametz utensils must be stored away. The storage area should be locked or taped shut to be leased to the non-Jew at the time of the Chametz sale.

There are many legal intricacies in this sale; thus only a Rabbi should be entrusted with its execution. The Rabbi acts as our agent both to sell the Chametz to the non-Jew on the morning before Passover starts and also to buy it back the evening after Passover ends.

Locking your Chametz away and sending your signed Chametz Contract to Rabbi Eli Backman is an easy way of observing this.  For more info on the sale or for other time zones please click here

Please fill in the form below. The  form should be filled out and submitted before midday April 6, 2020. If you miss that time please be in touch, as there still may be some time to get it in. chabad@umd.edu

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Sale of Chometz Form

I the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi Eli Backman to act in my place and stead, and on my behalf to sell all Chametz possessed by me, knowingly or unknowingly as defined by the Torah and Rabbinic Law (e.g. Chametz, possible Chametz, and all kinds of Chametz mixtures). Also Chametz that tends to harden and adhere to inside surfaces of pans, pots, or cooking utensils, the utensils themselves, and all kinds of live animals and pets that have been eating Chametz and mixtures thereof.

Rabbi Eli Backman is also empowered to lease all places wherein the Chametz owned by me may be found, particularly at the address/es listed below, and elsewhere.

Rabbi Eli Backman has full right to appoint any agent or substitute in his stead and said substitute shall have full right to sell and lease as provided herein.

Rabbi Eli Backman also has the full power and right to act as he deems fit and proper in accordance with all the details of the Bill of Sale used in the transaction to sell all my Chametz, Chametz mixtures, etc., as provided herein. This power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinic and Civil laws.