Eating hide during the Jewish holidays of Passover in our modern society


The 1/60 th rule

Eating hide all year round is a simpler task than hide kosher during Jewish Pesach holidays . Many products hide during the year the rest during Pesach and can therefore be consumed . This product list does not contain Hametz. Eating hide the pessah is a small affair especially if you are away from large Jewish communities.

If you live in a place where there are no shops, nearby, a full selection of products to hide at least for the Passover seder , you have today the possibility of order on Internet of the products which will be delivered to you at home.

If, despite everything, it is difficult for you to obtain all the necessary products for Passover , other principles exist, these principles allow you to buy before Passover some products without Achgaha (Certificate of Kashroute) and consume them during the Passover Feast when you have no other solution to eat hide during Passover.

It is also a practice that can be implemented to avoid falling into the clutches of some grocery stores Hide scrupulous of the portfolio of their customers and who prizes abusive, they think they can take hostage Jews who wish to eat to hide at least during the Jewish holidays of Passover.

One justifies the exorbitant price of certain products by the control that one makes on it whereas one could acquire it in a big surface at a price quite reasonable.

We must understand these rules and principles that we will explain. In any case, in case of doubt, it is necessary to ask for a rabbinic competence to dispel all doubts.

One of the major problems of food is that its evolution and especially that of industries transforms food and components. Even if a product is usually totally hiding the pessah it becomes hametz because one adds a component.

If we take the example of frozen vegetables a carrot is a carrot, well yes but. . .

The chain of the plant that produces the carrots and packages them before freezing them can also make pasta. This could imply that the carrots contain traces to see small pieces of dough, a food totally hametz.

This is not a certainty but it is a possibility, you could tell me that the amount of hametz is tiny (1/60) compared to that of the main product but this rule does not apply to the hametz, he It is enough that there is a very small quantity, even if it is negligible compared to the whole of the product the set is hametz. This is valid if the item is bought during the party, however if it is bought before the party then this rule of 1/60 applies.

That is why it would be better even for this type of products to find a way to order them online, by phone or otherwise and only if it is not possible it would be allowed to follow the advice below, however those who may wish to adopt a stricter position.
The law forbids us to possess hametz for the duration of the festival of pessah, it is necessary to make arrangements to get rid of all hametz before the party. There is the process of selling the hamtez which usually goes through a rabbi who organizes the sale of all hametz members of his community for money. Once the party is over he buys the whole hametz again.

If a hametz product has not been sold it becomes banned for consumption even after the party. I remind you that the general rule is that any product purchased has an achgaha and in case of doubt you refer to the rabbi of your community or failing contact an internet or other authority that could guide you.

The following statements in the composition make the product totally forbidden:

  • Dried dough,
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Wheat
  • Cereal,
  • Coffees containing derivatives of cereals such as barley,
  • Oats,
  • Rye and all liquids containing ingredients or perfumes obtained from alcohol made with grain (beer, whiskey and vodka in particular, but also soy sauce because it contains wheat).For our brothers Ashkenazi we must add the flour foods (Kitnioth) which are also to be avoided:
    • Rice
    • corn,
    • Millet
    • Dried vegetables (chickpeas, split peas, lentils, white beans)Some Achkénaze authorities allow the use of these vegetables in derived form (other than natural) such as corn oil, sweeteners made from corn. In the Sephardic world all of these products are allowed (except local customs as forbidden to consume chickpeas for some community or rice).

      Foods that can be purchased before Passover without kosherouth tag the pessah

      Here is the list of foods that can be purchased without kosherouth the pessah in any trade provided that it is before pessah (basic shade concerning the 1/60 rule) so that they can be consumed during Pesach it is necessary that the packages are closed at the beginning of the holiday:

      • “natural” coffee (no cereal additives),
      • pure tea (neither grain or powdered herbal teas),
      • sugar,
      • non-iodized salt
      • pepper and natural spices,
      • frozen fruit juice without additives,
      • frozen raw fruits and vegetables,
      • Baking soda (do not throw the baking powder on a baking powder)

        Non-food products and medications

        The products allowed all year round, the detergents, the powders and the liquids are without achgaha, for Pesach it will be the same and a label to hide the pessah will not be necessary including for the soap and even the toothpaste.

        In the case of drugs, some of them use an envelope or a hametz-based coating. Depending on the treatment to which it corresponds, if it is related to a vital treatment it can be consumed during Pesach, otherwise it will be necessary to refer to a rabbinical authority to know if it can be consumed or not.

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