Last week I reported on the hametz that was given to a non-Jew by the rabbi.
Today Rafi reports that the non-Jew called and offered to return the hametz, and suggests that the whole thing was a setup:
Upon reflection, the rabbi probably told the non-Jew to do this whole thing, just to impress upon the people that their “gift” or “sale” is a real business transaction and change of ownership and not just a fictitious loophole.
Some questions remain:
Will any of these people do this again, giving it as a gift rather than as a sale, now that they realize they can easily lose it all? Does their regret have any ramifications as to the efficacy of their gift, or even a general sale as their reactions might be indicative of how most people would react in a similar situation, or to how things will be done in the future? If there were utensils among the goods, will they need to be toiveled, as they have now been owned by a goy? If there were wines, are they going to be thrown out as yayin nesech? etc.
So my question to Rafi is whether a setup would make the whole thing invalid. If he set it up so that the goy would pretend to want it and then decide to give it back, it wasn’t a real gift in the first place.
Also, I wouldn’t be so pleased at getting a lesson like that from the rabbi.