It has emerged that Rav Yehuda Leib Landau of Bnei Brak allowed a chometz kiosk to be opened on Pesach to track down a thief.
The story began when Bnei Brak resident Rav Kasriel Cohen came to Bartenura Square with two bags, one filled with chometz and the other with $4,000 in cash. Noting a youngster stoking the chometz fire, Rav Cohen borrowed his stick, handed him his bag of money to look after and proceeded to burn his chometz. By the time he finished, the youngster was gone.
The city’s Hashomrim organization asked Rav Landau whether the Hakikar Kiosk, which was sold to a non-Jew for Pesach, could be entered in order to view its video coverage of the area.
Rav Landau permitted this on condition that the place be opened publicly by day in the presence of the kiosk owner, Rav Kasriel Cohen and Hashomrim volunteers, to demonstrate that the kiosk was being opened in unusual circumstances.