Law passed allowing hospitals to ban leavened bread during Passover

March 29, 2023 by Pesach Benson
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Knesset lawmakers passed into law legislation allowing Israeli hospitals to prevent leavened bread from being brought in during Passover.

Photo by Shira Hershkop/TPS

Jewish law prohibits eating or possessing hametz, leavened products containing wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt during the week-long holiday. This includes common foods such as bread, crackers and pasta.

The bill requires that hospital directors “take into consideration the rights and needs of patients” before deciding to ban hametz from the premises. Hospitals banning leavened products must post signs, publish the directive on their website, and appoint an employee in charge of updating patients and staff on the policy.

However, guards are not allowed to search patients, staff or visitors.


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