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Mechirat Chametz 2020

As in previous years, we have made arrangements to allow anyone to appoint Rabbi Dan to sell your Chametz prior to Passover.  However, due to the ongoing health concerns, CTI is taking precautions to ensure the health and well being of all our congregants. Therefore, no in-person kinyan (the act of acquisition) will take place between congregants and Rabbi Dan. Rather, under the advisement of numerous poskim (legal authorities) and rabbanim, the form below will be sufficient this year.

Passover starts this year Wednesday evening, April 8th. In order to allow Rabbi Dan sufficient time to sell the Chametz, please complete the form before Tuesday, April 7th at 12:00 PM!

If you have any questions, please call (512) 410-0336 ex. 101 to speak with Rabbi Dan.

If you would like to give Maot Chittin, a donation to those in need to help them prepare for Passover, you can do so by indicating an amount at the bottom of this form.  Alternatively, you can mail a check to CTI.  Please mark Maot Chittin in the memo section of your check.

The 2020 Orthodox Union Passover Guidelines for food, halakhic and spiritual preparations and all things Pesach can be found here.

If you are a member of Tiferet Israel, many of the fields below will be prefilled with your information if you login first.  You can login using the Login button in the upper right corner of this page.

First, please tell us who is completing this form and asking Rabbi Dan to be his/her agent to sell their chametz.
Let's go through a summary of the Document of Authorization

Once authorized, you the seller are bound by all the terms of the document, whether you understand them in the Hebrew or not.  The Hebrew form of the Document of Authorization may be found here.  An English summary of the document may be found here.

Please check the "Yes" box indicating your concurrence to each of the statements below:

I am appointing Rabbi Daniel Millner, Rabbi of Congregation Tiferet Israel of Austin, Texas, or his designee, as an agent to sell my chametz to a non-Jew. I am not selling my chametz to Rabbi Millner (or his designee).
2. This authorization extends to all kinds of chametz (even tiny amounts), including chametz that I own outright or in partnership with a non-Jew (including through shares in corporations that own chametz) or for which I am responsible. This includes chametz that is in my home, my office, in storage, in transit and elsewhere.
3. I authorize Rabbi Millner or his designee to sell and deliver any (or all) of that chametz, to whomever he chooses, by any kind of transaction he chooses. If the buyer doesn't pay the price, the sale will still be valid and beyond challenge.
4. I authorize Rabbi Millner or his designee to rent out and grant rights of access to any area in which my chametz is located, even if to get there the buyer has to go through other parts of your property. These rights are non-exclusive, so I can still use those areas.
5. I authorize Rabbi Millner or his designee to sell chametz that I don't yet own, but will become mine before the time that I'm not allowed to deal in chametz, or that will become chametz on Pesach. I declare that I reject ownership or possession of anything that might become chametz on Pesach, and that the non-Jewish buyer is free to acquire that chametz from hefker (its ownerless state). 
6. I authorize Rabbi Millner to write a document of sale to the buyer in any way he chooses. I authorize Rabbi Millner to delegate his rights and responsibilities to others to effect the sale.
7. It is customary to lift up an article, such as a handkerchief or a pen with the intention of confirming my agreement to be bound by the terms of the document of authorization. If the agent is not in front of me at the time of this authorization, the handkerchief or pen may be handed to me by somebody else in my location on behalf of the agent.
Where will you be on the day before Passover?
Describe the Chametz you are selling
The address & specific location(s) where chametz is most likely found (home & office, etc):
Maot Chittin (מעות חיטן)
It is customary to donate money to help those who cannot afford to buy matzah and other provisions for Pesach.

I hereby attest that I have truthfully answered the above questions, to the fullest extent of my abilities.

I acknowledge and agree to the stipulations in the document.

I agree that I am making this authorization with full seriousness and a complete understanding of the nature of the authorization, and not as an asmachta (conditional obligation) but rather as an absolute commitment.


Thu, August 6 2020 16 Av 5780