Is this a buy sign for bread crumbs?
Billionaire Warren Buffett purchased bread crumbs -- and just about anything else that has wheat and the other grains forbidden to Jews during the observance of Passover -- from a local rabbi, Jonathan Gross of Beth Israel Synagogue in Omaha, Neb.
It is ritual that goes on worldwide in Jewish communities. Families designate rabbis to find a non-Jew such as Buffett to purchase their chametz, or food made with leavening, before the holiday. The rabbis typically re-purchase the banned food after Passover, which this year starts April 6 at sundown.
Before the transaction, Gross didn’t actually know Omaha’s most famous resident, but that didn’t stop him from writing to Buffett.
“I have a business deal that you may be interested in,” Gross wrote.
Buffett agreed and arranged to meet the rabbi. Buffett paid $2 for three large containers of food -- packaged foods and canned goods stored at Beth Israel -- which he then donated to the Food Bank of the Heartland in Omaha.