Alert Pertaining to Ben-Gurion Airport Duty Free

16 Iyar 5774
May 16, 2014
The cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council) has verified that the only store in Ben-Gurion Airport that does not buy or sell any chometz over Pesach and has properly sold their chometz for 2014 is the James Richardson Store at Gate D7.

This is the same information I have received in the past from the rav of Ben-Gurion, Rabbi Nissim Elmaliach.

One must remember that unlike duty free shops in other countries, these are owned by Jews so therefore the sale of chametz on Pesach is relevant.

Rabbi Elmaliach has also explained to me that the store at Gate D7 works with a system permitting him to monitor all incoming merchandise to eliminate concerns.



  • Aryeh Frimer
    May 19, 2014 - 15:15 | Permalink

    From your comments it is not clear whether the Main Richardson store did or did not sell it’s hamets thru the Rabbanut – but nevertheless continued with business as usual. If they did, this would seem to be covered by the famous Teshuva of RM Feinstein ZT”L regarding Waldbaum’s Supermarket.

  • Yerachmiel
    May 20, 2014 - 13:46 | Permalink

    “The cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council) has verified that the *only* store in Ben-Gurion Airport that does not buy or sell any chometz over Pesach and has properly sold their chometz for 2014 is the James Richardson Store at Gate D7.”

    The article states that the above store is the only one that properly sells their chametz and doesn’t buy or sell chametz on Pesach. Are you reading into the word “properly” to mean that they sold through a badatz hechsher while the main store sold through the rabbanut (as if they don’t do a proper mechira) or that properly means that while they sold their chametz they continued to buy and sell what they sold? It seems clear from what was written was that they were the only ones to sell their chametz. If so, it is the only store that chametz may be purchased from, at least until it can be confirmed [assumed?] (consult your local kashrus expert) that the stock is not chametz sheavar alav hapesch. What about the suppliers of the main store? Do they sell their chametz and if not, does that extend the length of time we have to wait to be able to buy there?)

    In any case, it would be appropriate to support the one store that is shomer halachah. (I assume this store is closed on shabbos and yom tov? What about the other stores?

  • Yerachmiel
    May 20, 2014 - 14:25 | Permalink

    I found the following online which clearly states that in fact all shops at Ben Gurion airport sell their chametz. So those that rely on the heter of Rav Moshe may purchase from these shops after Pesach. The question of whether their suppliers sell their chametz remains. (Note that even according to Rav Moshe, the owners of the shops that sell the “sold” chametz on Pesach are thieves, as it doesn’t belong to them.

    Duty Free Stores, although they can be presumed to have a rather high turnover rate,
    present an issue, particularly for those who visited Israel for Pesach and are traveling
    home right afterward. Rabbi Elmaliach the Chief Rabbi of Ben Gurion Airport, has stated
    that all the stores sell their chametz, they are however open for the duration of Pesach
    with the exception of the store at D7 which is closed for the entire Pesach.

  • Elias
    May 21, 2014 - 03:02 | Permalink

    While I suppose the other shops may be covered by the ruling of R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l regarding Waldbaum’s , considering that all hashgacha is predicated on trust, I would have to say that, given the choice, it’s better to buy from an honest person rather than from a thief who sold goods that they had already sold to another person.

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