Mossa'ei Shabbath Qodesh Parshath Wayiqra 5769
Permissibility of All Jews in Eretz Yisra'el to Eat Qitniyoth During Pesah (Hebrew)
For English, click the title to read the response to the following question from a recent oleh (immigrant to Israel). The answer covers more than the issue of qitniyoth, and may very well surprise you:
Are we bound to Ashkenazi custom concerning Kitniyot?
Question: My family made Aliyah from the States in August 2006. We are Ashkenazim. The following Pesach I asked the Rav of our Yishuv if we could eat Kitniyot as taking on the custom of Eretz Yisrael etc. and he said no. Are we bound by this answer and is there a way to change our minhag? I feel strongly about this issue.
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"Qitniyoth to Qorban Pesah" (English)
Hear what some commentators say about the minhag of Askenazi Jews refraining from qitniyoth (kitniyot) on Pesah. Learn that the Tur calls this minhag "unnecessary" and why Rabbeinu Yoruham calls it "foolish, idiotic". Learn the real halakhic basis for a minhag and when it is binding. (Click here to download source sheet - Hebrew)
"Is Qorban Pesah Feasible?" (English)
Learn why the Ramba"m holds that it is a mitsvah today to bring a Pesah sacrifice on Har Habayit. Hear how the Hatam Sofer debunks the most common myths and obstacles. (Click here to download source sheet - Hebrew)
"Do Not Sell Your Hametz at Pesah!" (English)
Hear why a fictitious sale - in which you don't really mean to sell your hametz - doesn't work. Learn why you shouldn't buy hametz that has been "sold" during Pesah or why you should not sell your hametz.
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