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Chometz after Passover 2018
The following information is from a number of sources. There are also different opinions so I am posting the information with its source. Be reminded that in many communities, there is not a problem with chometz achar Pesach in the local kosher store whose chometz has been sold by the local vaad or rabbi.
- Rabbi Elazar M. Teitz sold the chometz for Shop Rite Supermarkets and Price Rite.
- Jethro/Restaurant Depot: The Kof-K has sold their chomets. Fairway is not Jewish owned.
- Badatz Btzedek Tishpoit has sold the chometz ahead of Pesach. of C&S Wholesale Grocers', a Jewish owned food distibutor that supplies groceries to thousands of supermarkets across the United States. Chometz
The following is a link to a list of the top customers on the C & S website:
(Please note that this does not apply to the individual stores but
rather to the supplier/distributor known as C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Individual stores require their own Chometz sale if they have Jewish
- Beer in the New York area:
The OK statement about beer in the Tri State New York area is here
Star-K statement on purchase of beer in the Tristate area is here
The Great Post-Pesach Beer Controversy of 2018 by By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
- South Florida From the ORB (Orthodox Rabbinical Board of Broward County, FL) (April 7, 2018):
All Jewish-owned ORB facilities sold their chometz through the ORB, and consumers may purchase from them without any concerns. Additionally, we are unaware of any issues purchasing chometz from any of the franchise grocery stores,such as Walmart, Publix, Winn Dixie, Target, and Aldi.
- DC Area - Vaad Harabonim of Greater Washington (2018)
Below is a list of establishments where one may purchase Chametz from after Pesach.
Chametz may be purchased from the following stores immediately after Pesach 2017
All Capitol K establishments and caterers.
National stores: Aldi, BJ's, Costco, CVS, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Kmart, Petco, PetSmart, Royal Farms, Rite Aid, Save-A-Lot, Sam's Club, Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market Winn-Dixie
Stores in our community: H Mart, MOM's Organic Market, ShopRite of White Oak
Please note: Chametz may only be purchased from Snider's Super Foods beginning four weeks after Pesach. Due to possible Chametz distributed by a Jewish company, if one has an option of purchasing Chametz from other stores, it is commendable not to purchase Chametz from Giant Food, Safeway and Target until four weeks after Pesach.
The stores listed which one may purchase from immediately following Pesach are either because there is no Jewish ownership, or because a valid sale of Chametz by the Jewish owner to a non-Jew under the auspices of a Rabbi was executed. The stores listed where one may not purchase Chametz immediately after Pesach are either Jewish owned or supplied.
Brief Explantion of Chametz She Avar Alav HaPesach
It is prohibited Rabbinically to purchase Chametz after Pesach from a Jew who maintained Chametz in his possession over the course of the holiday of Pesach. This is referred to in Rabbinic literature as Chametz She Avar Alav HaPesach.
The definition of Chametz is any product that consists of the five major grains including wheat, barley, oat, rye, or spelt in a significant concentration. There is no prohibition to purchase Chametz from a non-Jew who was in the possession of Chametz over Pesach.
- Boston Area: From the KVH (2018):
For those that prefer not to rely on any sale of Chometz the following are the best options:
BJ’s, Costco, CVS, Trader Joe’s, Wegman's & Whole Foods
Based on our research Chometz from all Major Grocery Stores is permitted to be purchased at this
time. Almost all stores in our area have no Jewish ownership, and the ones that have Jewish
Ownership have divested themselves from owning Chometz for the duration of Pesach according to
And of course all KVH Kosher Certified Establishments have divested themselves from owning
Chometz for the duration of Pesach according to Torah Law.
Regarding Liquor Stores a serious concern has come to light of Jewish ownership of many local Liquor stores, as well as major Liquor Distributors in the Greater Boston Area. Therefore until the end of May 2018 only Chometz beverages purchased in one of the above locations, any non Jewish-Owned Liquor Store, or one of the following liqueur stores should be purchased.
Gordon's Main St | 894 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Gordon's Newton | 31 Austin Street, Newton, MA 02460
Gordon's Watertown | 51 Watertown Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Gordon's DTX | 39 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Gordon's Moody St | 599 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Gary's Liquors | 655 VFW Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Murray's | 747 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Zaydes Market | 15 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021
The Butcherie | 428 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
- Chicago area: Link to cRc list is here (2018)
- Detroit Area: POST-PESACH 5778 INFORMATION - DETROIT AREA - from the COR Detroit:
CHOMETZ may be purchased from the following stores after 10:05 PM on
Motzei Pesach, April 7, 2018.
|All K-COR certified establishments
||Joe Randazzo’s Fruit Market
||Sam's Club Warehouse||K-Mart
||Superior Kosher Meats
|Busch's Fresh Food Market
||One Stop Kosher Market
|Dollar Tree Stores
|Family Dollar Stores
||Save-A-Lot, (11 & Greenfield)
|GFS (Gordon Food Service)
It is advisable to wait two weeks after Pesach (April 22) before buying “pure” chometz products (e.g., bread, grain cereals, pasta, cookies and pretzels) at Jewish-owned stores that do not observe Pesach, even if they made a Mechiras Chometz before Pesach, due to the possibility that new chometz was received during Pesach. This ncludes Produce Palace International in Warren, Restaurant Depot, Johnny Pomodoro’s Fresh Market, and Natural Food Patch.
It is permitted to purchase most other products immediately after Pesach, including pearled raw barley, dry cake
mixes, flour (without malted barley), glue, all kitniyos, ketchup, mayonnaise,
medicines, mustard, vinegar, vitamin tablets, baker’s yeast, and yeast extract.
Buying chometz from Kroger and Target in the Detroit area after Pesach involves Halachic uncertainty. Although these stores are owned by non-Jews, there is a
possibility that they are supplied by privately-owned Jewish food distributor C&S, and the chometz sold after Pesach may have been in the possession of C&S during Pesach. Since it is difficult to gather precise information, it is commendable to wait two weeks after Pesach (April 22), before buying “pure” chometz items from these stores.
Status of stores to shop after Pesach on the West Side of Manhattan only from the Congregation Ohab Zedek is here.
Los Angeles:From Kosherquest.org:
Due to the severity of the "Issur" (prohibition) of
Chometz, Chazal reinforced the sale of Chometz
with a fine. This fine was levied on any Jews who
kept Chometz in their possession or ownership
during Pesach. This is called "Chometz She'avar Alav HaPesach." Jewish law requires that
if a Jew owns Chometz on Pesach, no
Jew is allowed to eat that food, even after Pesach.
Therefore, we are also prohibited from buying in
stores which are Jewish owned, if they have not sold
their Chometz. It is important to note that although
we may not buy Chometz from such Jewishly
owned stores that did not sell their Chometz, we
may purchase non-Chometz food products from
these stores. Actual Chometz products that are
prohibited in these stores would be pasta, cereal
from grain, bread, beer, cookies/crackers, malt,
maltose, pretzels, soy sauce, wheat germ, wheat
protein, whiskey, dog/cat food containing grain etc.
Some common products that one may assume are
Chometz, but are actually not, and therefore may be
purchased in a store that did not sell their Chometz
are the following... baker’s yeast, cosmetics, dry
cake mixes, kitniyos, glue containing Chometz,
ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, medicine
containing Chometz, maltodextrin, maltose, malt
flavoring, food coloring, flour, extracts, raw pearled
barley, vanilla and
vitamins containing Chometz.
Rav Moshe Feinstein ZT'L, in his sefer "Igros Moshe",
states that if a Jew sold his Chometz for Pesach,
and then kept his store open during Pesach
and continued to sell items of Chometz, one is
nevertheless allowed to buy from that store after
A Jew may buy from the following stores immediately after Pesach:
Columbus, OH from the Buckeye K
|99 cent store||Jetro/Restaurant Depot||Smart & Final
|BevMo ||Jon's||Target (in California)
|Big Lots||K-Mart||Trader Joe's,
|Bristol Farms||Nuts & More||Vons / Pavilions
|Dollar Tree||Rite Aid||Wine & Liquor Depot
One can purchase chometz at any retailer in Columbus immediately after Pesach except for Giant Eagle and Giant Eagle Market District.
BK does not recommend purchasing chometz from Giant Eagle for 2 weeks after Pesach; wait until Shavuos to buy the liquor sold there.
Philadelphia area from the Keystone K is here
Teaneck Area from Congregation Ahavath Torah:
All stores under supervision of the Va'ad Harabanim, Rabbinical Council of Bergen County (RCBC), may be patronized immediately after Pesach. We strongly urge you to support these establishments.
Additionally, the following stores are either non-Jewish owned or have sold their chametz properly: BJ’s, CVS, Costco, Dollar Tree Stores, K-Mart, Petco, Petsmart, Rite-Aid Drugs, Sam’s Club, Seven-Eleven (7-11), ShopRite of Englewood and Paramus, Stop and Shop in Teaneck, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Walgreen’s, and Whole Foods.
Ed. note: Check with your local rabbinical authority regarding establishments in your community.
We do not have any information about establishments which are not listed.
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