Avoid purchasing Chometz from these stores for 4 weeks after Pesach – In conversation with Rabbi Shmuel Heinemann

TLS this evening spoke with Rabbi Shmuel Heinemann of the Star-K with regards to which stores are okay and which ones possibly problematic for Chometz purchases immediately after Pesach.

Rabbi Heinemann says Target should preferably be avoided for four weeks after Pesach.

Shop Rite in Howell, Brick and Freehold is okay, but Shop Rite in Jackson should be avoided until four weeks after Pesach.

Walmart and Walgreens are okay.

See also Star-K’s guide for purchasing Chometz after Pesach, as well as Halachically Speaking “Buying Chametz in a Supermarket after Pesach” from Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits.

Buying Chometz at a Supermarket After Pesach
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  1. I thought we are dealing with a safek. If we are to be machmir with pikuach nefesh, and the fact that it is so hard to go to many local stores due to restrictions, why are we being told not to shop at Target?

    Is this a recent psak from R’ Heinemann or something TLS just posts every year?

  2. Thank you very much for publishing this article. The stores which are mentioned as being OK, such as those select ShopRite stores, is it because they are Jewish owned and have sold their chometz to a non-Jew, or is it because they are owned by non-Jews?
    My SIL custom is not only to not sell his own chometz, but also not to eat any chometz which a Jew sold to a non-jew!!

  3. This year you could buy chometz gomur probably by rosh Chodesh because the stores can’t keep stuff on the shelves AND the distributors don’t have product to begin with.

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