Saturday, March 29, 2008

Chmetz of a non-Jew


If a Jew possesses a non-Jew's Chametz, and the Jew is responsible for its protection, then he must arrange for the removal of that Chametz before Passover; responsibility is a form of ownership, since he would have to replace it in the event of loss. This comes up, for example, in cubicle refrigerators in the workplace.

Chametz which belongs to a non-Jew may be left in one's home or workspace during Passover, provided that two conditions are met:
1. The Jew does not have any responsibility for the safety of the Chametz, and
2. The Chametz is in a locked container, closed cabinet or behind a partition at least 3 feet high, and the Jew will not enter the Chametz's space during Passover.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 440:1-2)

Have a great day,

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