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But what if a non-Jew brings chametz into your home and then leaves crumbs on your floor or leftovers on your table. They in effect become yours.

How so? If he left his jacket at your house, would that also become yours?

Of course not. It's just someone else's stuff in your house. There are a few practical reasons why it's not a good idea, and I wouldn't recommend it.

That's a bad example. If you returned someone's jacket he would thank you. If you returned his crumbs to him he would be insulted. The crumbs and leftovers in you house are yours to dispose of. It's your problem if they stay there and you touch them or they get inadvertently mixed with your food.

But perhaps I'm interpreting it all differently from you. It's all for show anyway, isn't it? If you can have Chametz in your cupboard and pretend that you've sold it all to a goy, what could be wrong with a few crumbs on your table? And I don't mean it sarcastically. It's just that I'm coming to understand that the essence of bi'ur chametz and the selling of your chametz is about the symbolism of eliminating the chametz and not about its physical removal.

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