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Found Chametz On Pesach

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What does one do if one found chametz in his house on pesach?


If one found chametz in his home on Chol HaMoed, he must remove it from his home and burn it immediately. [1]

If one found chametz on Yom Tov, the chametz is muktzeh and may not be moved. In such a situation, one should place a pot or another object over the chametz to cover it until Yom Tov is over, and should then burn it. [2] One may also instruct a non-Jew to dispose of the chametz. [3]

If one sold all his chametz before Pesach to a non-Jew, any chametz found in his home on Pesach has the status of a non-Jew’s chametz in the home of a Jew, and it should be put with the rest of the chametz that one sold to the non-Jew. [4]


[1]. Shulchan Aruch 446:1. Kaf HaChaim 435:12 points out that a berachah should not be recited when burning the chametz on Chol HaMoed.

[2]. Shulchan Aruch 446:1.

[3]. Mishnah Berurah §7. The Mishnah Berurah points out that the general custom is to leave a pot over the chametz until after Yom Tov before burning it, instead of instructing a non-Jew to discard it on Yom Tov. However, if one is afraid that his child will come to eat it or spread it around the house, a non-Jew should be called to dispose of the chametz.

[4]. Shevet HaLevi 9:116; ibid. 308:2. See also Teshuvot VeHanhagot 2:229.

See Laws Of The Holidays - Nacson.

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