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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 15 Dec 2017 08:19 PM and ends Sat 16 Dec 2017 09:20 PM
ז' ניסן ה' אלפים תשס"ח
An internet method for selling chametz is available for people in Melbourne Victoria from the Yeshivah Community website. It appoints Dayan Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Telsner as a shaliach (agent) for the sale of the chametz.
This procedure is provided for those of our readers who may be unable to do the appointment of an agent in person. Below is a general explanation.
Please note that halacha requires a proper legal appointment of an Agent. Victorian State Law does provide for a person to appoint someone to act on behalf of him/her, (eg a Power of Attorney). Furthermore, Victorian State law provides for the requisite signature to be able to be transmitted over the internet.
Chometz or 'leaven' is forbidden over Pesach. Chometz includes breads, cakes, biscuits, pasta, soups, beer, whiskey, vegemite, porridge... Any food or beverage made with a grain, and mixed with water is classified as chometz.
Since it is prohibited even to possess chometz on Pesach, any chometz left undisposed must 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.]
Therefore, all chometz that will not be eaten or burned before Pesach and all chometz utensils that will not be thoroughly cleaned by then should be stored away pending the sale.
The storage area should be locked or taped shut to be leased to the non-Jew at the time of the chometz sale.
Since there are many legal intricacies in this sale, only a competent rabbi should be entrusted with its execution. The rabbi acts as Agent both to sell the chometz to the non-Jew before Pesach starts and also to buy it back the evening after Pesach ends.
It is traditional and preferable to perform the Appointment in person with the Agent through taking hold of a kerchief or other item belonging to the Agent. It is also customary to make a small donation to the Agent. However, in today's busy world it may be more convenient to perform the Appointment over the internet.
Original piece is http://community.yeshivahcentre.org/chometz.php