Yerushalayim Court Ignores Chametz Law


chometz.jpgJerusalem Municipal Court Justice Tamar Bar Asher-Tzaban has issued a ruling dismissing cases against four restaurant owners who violated the Passover Law, prohibiting the sale of bread and other leavened products on Pesach (Passover).

Despite the law prohibiting the sale of chametz in public places, the justice in her unique interpretation of the law stated that since a store is a closed confined area, and the public does not see inside when walking past, the law does not apply.

The state argued that Jerusalem, the nation’s capital, has a special status and the majority of its residents are Sabbath-observant, calling on the court to exhibit an understanding for the religious sensibilities of the status of the city.

The defense argued that bread is seen during the holiday anyway, citing this is the case in Arab areas. The court stated that the law addresses displaying bread during Pesach, not the issue of eating, emphasizing that the stores do not classify as “public” and the controversial items are not “displayed”.

In an ironic note, the court’s decision comes on the eve of Rosh Chodesh Nissan, as the nation begins Pesach preparations.

As a result of the court ruling, chametz may be sold in Yerushalayim this Pesach.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. M’harsayich U’macharivayich mi’maich yai’tzay’u….
    oy, nebach–Hashem Yirachem…
    We must daven for every yid on every point in the spectrum to open their hearts to do the Ratzon Hashem.
    May we be zoche to the geula in the coming month of geula BB”A.


    If the unholy secular judges encourage an annual Toeva Parade in the Holy city of jerusalem right after Passover, why should we be surprised that the same judges allow something as relatively mundane as Chometz during passover!

  3. another episode of the kangaroo court…

    They ought to move the court house to Sedom. At least people will see history repeating itself and understand why such terrible calamities are taking place.

  4. Aren’t we opening the door to the judge’s creative interpretation when were permit chametz to remain in our homes with michiras chometz?

  5. The problem is that the israeli gov’t does not respect the law BECAUSE they believe the end justifies the means, and respect for others can be overridden.

  6. Is this gonna be a nisoyon for any of us? I don’t think so. Let’s hope those people on their own decide to change their mind and not sell chometz