Commonly known as shemurah matzah, round, handmade matzah is preferable for the Seder (and for the entire Passover). In addition to being traditional, it has the important benefit of having been made by an actual human being who baked it with holy intentions and took care to ensure that it did not rise—a requirement for the matzahs used at the Seder.
Shemura Matzah is available for purchase in almost all local Kosher Grocery Stores. if you don't have any, and aren't able to get from the store, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be try to accommodate.
Chometz may not remain in one’s possession over Pesach. A person who owns any Chometz that which cannot be removed or destroyed in time, may arrange for their chometz to be sold to a non-Jew. [Any chometz remaining in the possession of a Jew during Pesach may not be used, eaten, bought or sold even after Pesach.]
The sale of chometz is not just a mere ritual, but is carried out in a legal manner by a Rabbi. Since there are many legal intricacies in this sale, only a competent Rabbi should be entrusted with its execution. The Rabbi is empowered to conduct this sale on behalf of any individual wishing to sell chometz. After Pesach the non-Jew may be approached by the Rabbi to sell the chometz back to the original owners.
Normally, we are meticulous (mehader) to meet the Rabbi in person and formally authorize him to arrange the sale for us. This is the preferred method. However for those for whom medical concerns or physical distance make it impossible, it is permissible to organize the sale online through electronic authorization.
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Note: Chometz utensils not thoroughly clean should also be included in the sale. The chometz which is sold, must be stored away and locked up in such a manner that it should not come to be accidentally used. The cabinet or room is also legally rented to the non-Jew over the Pesach period, so that his chometz does not lie in the Jew’s property.