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Eating at non-religious home on Pesach


Greetings. What are the halachic parameters for eating at the home of a non-religious relative even if the food is kosher for Pesach, where the relative does not dispose of or sell their chametz? Thank you.




It is good that you are asking well in advance of Pesach, because there is still plenty of time to work to arrange things properly. Eating at such a relative is problematic for a number of reasons. The main reason is because the person’s utensils, and working areas are not kosher for Passover, and can make the Passover food chametz. For example, if the food is heated up and comes in contact with their stovetop, countertop, knives, forks, table where the food will be eaten, etc., they can make the food problematic. Additionally, you would have to make sure that none of the chometz food, or products that aren’t kosher for Passover get added or find their way into the food that you are going to eat. It would be a good idea to speak to someone regarding your specific circumstances, and how things can be worked out properly.

Have a chag kasher v’sameach


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