Since ownership of hametz (bread and other leavened products) is not allowed during Pesah, ideally all hametz in one's possession should be given away or destroyed before the holiday begins. Since this often represents a financial hardship, the practice arose for people to store away their hametz before Pesah and arrange to sell it for the duration of the holiday. Because Jewish law requires various conditions for such a sale to be effective, most Jewish communities offer to arrange the sale of hametz on behalf of their members. Hence, by filling out the form below, you are not selling your hametz, but appointing the minyan's agent (in this case, Rebecca Zeidel, one of the Hadar gabba'im) to arrange the sale on your behalf.
By clicking on the submit button below, I/we hereby authorize Rebecca Zeidel to act as my/our agent in the sale of all hametz that may be in my/our possession wherever it may be - whether at home, at a place of business, or elsewhere - in accordance with the requirements of Jewish law. All hametz in my/our possession that will not be consumed by 10:47 am on Wednesday April 8th, 2009 will be stored and sealed by 11:52 am that day and will remain stored away for the duration of Pesah. (These times are valid for New York City only.)
Notes: This form will not be available after 12:00 pm on Monday night April 6th, 2008. Please wait at least one hour after the end of Pesah on Thursday night, April 16th, 2009 before using any stored hametz, to give time for the agent to re-acquire it on your behalf (in New York City, this means waiting until 9:18 pm).