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25 Years Ago... with Rav Shaul Yisraeli zt"l

25 years ago, almost to the day (before Pesah), on Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5742 (1982), Rav Bar-Hayim spoke with HaGaon HaRav Shaul Yisraeli zt"l after the morning prayers at Merkaz HaRav Beth Midrash.

Rav Yisraeli He stated that in his hometown, Slutzk, Russia, which, he added, was the hometown of HaGaon HaRav Isser Zalman Meltzer zs"l, peanuts were not only eaten by all the Jews, including HaRav Meltzer, they were the preferred item offered to guests who came visiting on Pesah.

In the same conversation HaRav Yisraeli stated that he felt the minhag of Qitniyoth should apply only to those items thath were available in medieval Western Europe and that other items such as soy beans, soya oil, [quinoa too] should not be considered to be within the purview of this minhag.

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