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The medieval Jewish sages placed a ban on eating legumes (kitniyot) on Passover, because they are similar in texture to chametz—even bread can be made out of their flour—so people might assume that if, for example, cornbread can be eaten on Passover, wheat or rye bread can be eaten too. This prohibition includes rice, beans and corn. This injunction was unanimously accepted by Ashkenazic Jews; many Sephardic Jews, however, continue to eat kitniyot on Passover. If you are Sephardic, speak to your rabbi to determine your family and community tradition.

The prohibition is only with regards to consumption of kitniyot; there is no obligation, however, to destroy or sell kitniyot products before Passover.

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April 1, 2015
To Vi
There are differences of opinion as to whether flax seeds are kitniyot or not, so it's best that you ask your local rabbi
Mrs. Chana Benjaminson
April 1, 2015
Is flaxseed ok on pesach?
March 27, 2015
Re: false dichotomy between kitniyot and non-kitniot eaters
I think the article is just using Ashkenazim and Sefardim as a generalization, but yes, there are other communities as well. Each person should follow their own customs. AS for the reason behind the custom, I would suggest reading the article linked to in the previous comments. (i.e. the article titled The History, Rationale and Practice of Avoiding Kitniyos on Passover).
March 24, 2015
Getting back to the issue of Am Echad, One People
Assuming Ashkenazim are correct to follow strictly the kitniyot minhag as halacha, what possible justification is there for a store not selling sold certified rice and other kitniyot (hechshered, of course) where Sephardim also shop? I have seen this practice in many if not most kosher supermarkets in the busy days before Pesach.

It would not be difficult for shopowners to segregate such items and allow non-Ashkenazim to do all their shopping in one place.

We have a duty to call out and end the practice of not selling kitniyot immediately, as its negative effects far outweigh any perceived benefits.
March 23, 2015
Re: leniency as to consumption of Kitniyot
I would note, that while it is true that Kitniyot can become nullified, that only happens es post facto if they got mixed up unintentionally. If you intentionally mix it with non-kitniyot, even before passover, it does not become nullified. For a more in depth discussion of kitiyot see The History, Rationale and Practice of Avoiding Kitniyos on Passover
Yehuda Shurpin for
March 18, 2015
false dichotomy between kitniyot and non-kitniot eaters
one thing that really bothers me about the kitniyot issue (aside from being inconsistent) is that it brings this false dichotomy between Sepharadi and Ashkenazim. What the jewish community should realize is that you are not either one or the other. That can lead to a false dilemma fallacy (i.e. if you are not Ashkenazi, then you are Sepharadi). what about Ethiopians, Temanim, Romaniote, Persians, Berbers, mountain jews, Bukharians, Italian, and other north African groups. Yes many of these groups follow similar customs to Sephardim, but there are some that are completely different. Furthermore, I think this false minhag should be abolished because it adds more dividers amongst Ashkenazic and non-Ashkenazic communities.
March 17, 2015
I agree that there is room for leniency as to consumption of Kitniyot, as do many rabbis, here and in Israel. Kitniyot are batel brov. This means that if 51% of the mixture is not kitniyot it is permissible. The kitniyot cannot be recognizable. For example, the bean in a soup is not permissible, but the broth is ok. This applies if mixed before Pesach. This is the Halacha but most Ashkenazim are unaware of this or treat kitniyot as if it were actual hametz. And many rabbis add to the list of prohibited foods by extending the kitniyot list to quinoa, which many kashrut organizations like the ou now permit. What's going on here? Pesach should be a delight and a joyous occasion signifying our freedom. Instead we are focusing on kitniyot which is a rabbinic enactment, a minhag, a custom, not prohibited by the Torah, and not accepted by the Sephardim. I believe when one restricts it does not elevate the joy of the holiday and puts an unnecessary burden of the foods All Jews can enjoy.
March 17, 2015
Let's indeed focus on the many similarities, ..and discuss the differences. Just corn itself makes a huge difference in what Ashkenazim and Sephardim. can consume on Pesach. Since these are rabbinic laws we should be able to be lenient. But we are very strict about it. It goes against being one people with one Law.
Scott Edelman
February 26, 2015
Any idea about TEFF,anyone?
February 25, 2015
Re: Chia Seeds
Chia seeds themselves are not kitniyot. They may require further checking, however, to ensure that no other seeds were mixed in together with them.
Shaul Wolf