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Kitniyot

Kitniyot

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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 22, 2016
we are left with a very difficult question
Clearly this remains problematic. We are left with an apparent contradiction between: one, accepting a minhag because of the respect for the decisors themselves - an important halacha of its own; and the codifications and practices of nearly unanimously everyone would agree are higher authorities, from the Rambam to the Shulchan Aruch.

The result are clear problems like Ashkenazim not eating fresh green beans that could never ever have been mistaken for or mixed up with chametz, and the questionable carryover of customs developed in Galut into what were Sephardi-dominated places like Palestine and Colonial America.

As the authority here is itself so important, it might be best to convene authorities to address the apparent conflicts and show why Caro was wrong in the sixteenth century to dismiss the opposing and nascent Ashkenazi minhag.

Chag Kasher v'sameach, everyone.

Very difficult.
Howard
New York, NY
April 20, 2016
Re: ban on Kitniyot
While you may be able to find one or two individual lone dissenters, nowadays traditional ashkenazic Jewery is pretty much unanimous about the ban on kitniyot. Even the sefardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef held that someone of ashkenazic descent cannot eat kitniyot. For an in-depth halachik discussion about Kitniyot see The History, Rationale and Practice of Avoiding Kitniyos on Passover
Yehuda Shurpin for Chabad.org
April 20, 2016
Hemp & Kitnyos
How did hemp seeds fall into the prohibition?
Yosef
April 18, 2016
Pistachios
Is it a Chabad friendly nut?
Ilana
Los angeles
April 15, 2016
"This injunction was unanimously accepted by Ashkenazic Jews"

Clearly not true. There is a fair body of literature from the Middle Ages on down to today, with rabbis arguing against banning kitniyot, some even working to get it lifted. Please change this.
Anonymous
NJ
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
mychabad.org
April 1, 2015
Is flaxseed ok on pesach?
vi
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).
Anonymous
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.
Howard
NY
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 Chabad.org