Notice on Buying Food from Duty-Free Shops at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

Last updated: May 20, 2014

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Duty_Free_shop-Ben_Gurion_Airport-TLVThe only store in Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) that did not buy or sell any chometz over Pesach and has properly sold their chometz for 2014 is the James Richardson Store at Gate D7, according to the CRC. (via

According to JerusalemKosherNews:

…this is the same information received in the past from the rav of the airport, Rabbi Nissim Elmaliach. Unlike duty free shops in other countries, these shops are owned by Jews, so therefore the sale of chametz on Pesach is pertinent.

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



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  • Elias Friedman

    Thanks for posting the extra information from the Jerusalem Kosher News and the photo! Quality content as usual, Dani!

    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.