Ahead of Passover (Pesach), President Reuven Rivlin today (Sunday) carried out the ritual selling of the chametz with Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar. In the brief ceremony, the President appointed Chief Rabbi Amar to act as an emissary of the President in selling all goods not suitable for Passover to a non-Jewish person before the beginning of the festival.
While famously Jewish law forbids the consumption of bread during Passover and instead unleavened Matzah is eaten, according to Jewish tradition, throughout the holiday ownership of any leavened goods (known as Chametz) is not permitted. Therefore, homes, offices, and public buildings are cleaned and all goods not suitable for Passover are removed and sold to avoid any ownership or benefit that could be had from the Chametz over the festival. This year Passover begins on Friday night 22 April, when the Seder meal is eaten, and the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt is retold.
The President was joined by Director General of the President’s Office, Harel Tubi, who appointed Chief Rabbi Amar to sell all Chametz which may be found in the offices of the President, and in the halls and meeting rooms.