[Avodah] Hanaah from Chametz

Zev Sero zev at sero.name
Fri Jan 18 08:07:21 PST 2013

On 17/01/2013 6:44 PM, Kenneth Miller wrote:
>>From there, my mind jumped to another situation which seems very similar. Suppose one is in an ordinary non-Jewish supermarket on Chol Hamoed Pesach, and a non-Jewish shopper asks me, "Sir, I cannot reach those cookies. Could you please hand me that box of cookies?" Being a nice guy, it is my nature to want to be helpful, and so I cheerfully pass it to him. Was that mutar or assur?
> The two cases seem very similar. In both, I took chametz which did not belong to a Jew, and I gave it to someone/something who is allowed to eat it, and I did so because I like doing that. The only real difference that I can see is that the dog eats it immediately, but the supermarket customer will eat it later. But I don't see why that should make a difference.

A possible chiluk: your hana'ah, to the extent that you have any, is from
handing him the box, not the contents; it would be the same regardless of
what the contents were.  He could just as easily have asked you to hand
down a box of matzah, or a roll of toilet paper.

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