April 1, 2007

by Reb Yudel
Leggo my Legumes!

The ADDeRabbi nails kitniyot:

First of all, the word ‘kitniyot’. It doesn’t mean ‘legumes’. It means ‘little things’. That’s what the word means. There was a Pesach ban, at some point that is shrouded in mystery, for some reason that is shrouded in mystery, on little things that grow and are edible. Over time, the category has grown to include new little growing edible things that were discovered (fortunately, like grains, only little edible things that grow from the ground were included in the ban; can you imagine Pesach without chocolate or coffee?), like soy, peanuts, corn and most recently quinoa.

More yeast-free goodness follows.



Not in MY house.

On the subject of kitniot, I often wonder why our teachers insist that we speak Sephardic Hebrew, but follow Ashkenaz customs as far as Pesach is concerned.

Posted by: Robert Dick at April 2, 2007 7:59 AM
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