Dear Rabbi Simon,
This Pesach I will be going away with a friend for the whole of the chag. We will be staying in a self-catered flat in a town with little kosher food available. We will be leaving a few days before Pesach and coming back a few days after the chag finishes. There will be no possibility to buy bread or crackers after the chag. I would like to know if we can take some chametz items along for after the chag and store them in a cupboard we will not use, and mark as chametz. If this would be possible, would we also have to sell the chametz in our holiday flat?
Thank you for your question.
In principle, just as you can use the agency of a rabbi to sell the chametz in your home before Pesach, and he repurchases it for you after the chag, you can do the same in your holiday flat—even though it means deliberately bringing chametz with you before Pesach, so that you can access it after the 8 days. If you make use of this approach, it is essential that you include in the Sale of Chametz form, the address and location of the chametz in the unit where you will be staying during Pesach. As you correctly note, you should mark the cabinet accordingly and ideally seal it (i.e. with tape, as a reminder) during Pesach.
Nevertheless, I would advise relying on this method only if you are genuinely concerned that you will not be able to purchase kosher chametz items and may find yourselves without adequate food after Pesach. There is no prohibition to eating matzah in the days after Pesach, and certainly no requirement to eat chametz. (Although some have the custom to make havdallah on beer the night that Pesach ends, I am sure you can source a “pint” in your holiday destination).
By the way, it is interesting to note that in Israel this year nearly all observant Jews will (have to) eat matzah on the day after Pesach, as the 7th (and last) day of Pesach is on Friday, and there is no halakhically viable way to acquire challah, etc. for use on Shabbos. So they will perforce observe an extra day of Pesach (so to speak), perhaps to the consternation of some.
Enjoy your Pesach, and don’t forget to complete and return that Sale of Chametz form.
Rabbi Rashi Simon