It has come to our attention that much of the beer sold in New York and surrounding counties is distributed by a Jewish owned company, creating a significant Chometz She’avar Alav haPesach issue for our communities. The following is a brief explanation of the issue.
Click here for a list of beers that are Chometz She’avar Alav haPesach.
Click here for a list of brands that may be purchased anywhere.
What exactly is Chometz?
The Torah forbids eating any chometz – leavened grain products during Pesach. Simply defined, leavening is dough or batter that has increased in volume either through yeasts or chemical means. The process of how this happens is the following.
A chemical leaven such as sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) react with compounds naturally present in the dough to produce carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide (CO2) released from this reaction becomes trapped inside the dough, thereby causing the dough to expand – and […]