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“A room is rented to a non-Jew, because it contains the chometz that was sold to him. May I enter the room in order to remove something that was not included in the sale?” “On an occasional emergency basis, my daughter requires use of a medicine that is not listed as being chometz-free. Should we include this medicine with what we sell to the non-Jew, and if we do, what should we do if she needs it during Pesach?”

AS WE ALL KNOW, a Jew may not own chometz on Pesach, a prohibition that is included in the Torah’s double prohibition, bal yira’eh and bal yimatzei. Furthermore, the Torah commands us with a mitzvas aseh, a positive mitzvah, to destroy any chometz left in our possession after midday on Erev Pesach. According to most poskim, these prohibitions apply both to chometz gamur (pure chometz) and to ta’aroves chometz (chometz mixed into another product). In addition, Chazal instituted a penalty whereby chometz owned by a Jew during Pesach may never be used. They also require us to search our homes and property

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the night before Pesach for chometz that we may have forgotten, the mitzvah we refer to as bedikas chometz. Although a Jew may not own chometz on Pesach, there is nothing wrong with his selling his chometz to a non-Jew before it becomes prohibited. The Mishnah states explicitly that one may sell chometz to a non-Jew before Pesach. However, the Mishnah does not discuss whether we can sell our chometz and leave it in our homes, knowing that the non-Jew does not intend to use our chometz. To be more specific, does the Jew’s expectation that he will receive the chometz back

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