By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2009
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is turning to barcode technology in the Passover struggle against leavened products.
Every year, Israeli supermarkets with a kashrut certificate “sell” all the chametz products in stock to a non-Jew on the eve of the festival. The nominal sale is automatically cancelled when Pesach ends and the chametz reverts to the supermarkets’ ownership.
During the week-long festival, most of the chametz goods remain on covered-up shelves.
In many stores, shoppers can simply reach under the covers, take out chametz and pay for it at the tills.