Preparing your Home and Selling Chametz

Shalom Friends, 

The lead up to Passover is such a spiritually intense period, as is the preparation for it. We are getting ready for the journey from Mitzrayim to freedom, searching our hearts for the various incarnations of Pharaoh in our lives, internal and external. Nearly as intense, however, are the physical preparations and obligations that fall upon us at this season. Preparing our homes, cooking, cleaning, the trips to the stores to get what we need. This information will help you along the path. For this year’s Passover services, Seders, and more, check our calendar


1) Preparing our homes for Pesach.  You may remember a couple of years ago that Conservative Movement decided to permit kitniyot (beans, corn, millet, peas, rice, soy, among other things) on Passover. Traditionally these foods have long been permitted by Sephardic tradition, but not Ashkenazi. The shul will continue to follow the Ashkenazi practice that prohibits kitniyot, and that remains the practice in my own home.

For more information on how to prepare your home for Passover please click here


2) Selling chametz (leavened products and all foods prohibited on Pesach). As you may know, we are to rid our homes of chametz in advance of Pesach (in fact by the evening before Pesach all chametz should be out of our possession). One of the ways that this can be done is by selling your chametz. The chametz, along with any utensils that cannot be kashered for Pesach, should be gathered in an enclosed space that will not be entered or opened during Passover. Then copy the text below into an email, add the required information, and send it to me at with the subject line “sell chametz” by the day before Passover begins. This email empowers me to sell it on your behalf and then after Passover it returns to your possession.   


Authorization to Sell Chametz

I/we  _______________________ (your name) fully empower and permit Rabbi Joshua Rose of Congregation Shaarie Torah, Portland, to act in my/our place and stead, and on my/our behalf to sell all chametz (as defined by Torah and Rabbinic Law) in my/our possession, whether or not its existence is known to me/us. Rabbi Joshua Rose is also empowered to lease all places wherein the chametz owned by me may be found, especially at the following premises (list your home address and any other locations where you might own chametz):

This transaction will be in effect for the duration of Pesach in the year ________. By transmitting this email or letter to Rabbi Rose, I authorize this transaction as though I had signed with my own hand.

x___________________________________________ (your signature)


Rabbi Joshua Rose

920 NW 25th Ave

Portland, OR 97210


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