(EJNews) – The traditional selling of chametz, before the start of Passover, to a gentile is a time honoured tradition in Judaism so that the removal of chametz does not burden anyone financially. This year Rabbi Kliel Rose, on behalf of his Congregation at Beth Shalom Synagogue, have entered into a chametz buying agreement with the Mayor of Edmonton, Don Iveson.
In accordance with the tradition the Mayor’s Office purchased the chametz from Rabbi Rose for a loonie this morning, and the transaction will be reversed 8 days from now following the conclusion of Passover.
Jokes were exchanged, some that landed, others that didn’t and the transaction was sealed with a handshake and a signature. Although Mayor Iveson quipped that he had never gotten around to taking the LSAT, he was in litigious form examining each word of the contract carefully to make sure he understood the terms of the agreement.
Also in attendance were City Chaplain John Dowds, Councilor for Ward 5 Michael Oshry and members of the Mayor’s staff.
What a lovely tradition. Glad to see Mayor Iveson obliged. Happy Passover to the Edmonton Jewish Community from a Turkish Canadian in Edmonton:)