It’s been 10 years
since the Great Kitniyot Rebellion of 2007 when Rav David Bar-Hayyim issued his famous (or infamous) psak halacha
that permitted Ashkenazim to eat kitniyot during Pesach. Back then, most people were
so preoccupied with the removal of kitniyot that the removal of chametz almost
seemed like an afterthought. But as the Rav explained, kitniyot are the little
things & we need to focus
on the bigger issues. Over the last 10
years, many people have talked, written or blogged about eating kitniyot—or not
eating them. Even the Reform and Conservative Movements have hopped on the
kitniyot bandwagon. But until now, everyone has only cited anecdotal evidence. In honor of the 10th
anniversary of the Great Kitniyot Rebellion, Machon Shilo created an online
survey (in English) about Pesach customs and kitniyot. Circulated via Facebook
and popular Israel-based email lists, the survey was answered by nearly 150
people. While we can't claim that the sample is statistically val…
Coffee beans are indeed kitniyot! They are seeds that are eaten and planted like any other bean (including soybeans or sunflower seeds).
The Chacham Tzvi and the Yabetz said that coffee beans are definitely kitniyot, but no one says that they are forbidden on Pesah as everyone knows that when the minhag of kitniyot was adopted in the land of Ashkenaz hundreds of years ago, coffee was unknown and therefore not included under the purview of the minhag.
In addition, everyone knew that anything else came along was not to be added to the list of kitniyot. Rav Bar-Hayim relates that Rav Shaul Yisraeli zt”l of Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav told him that he held this same reasoning for permitting the consumption of soybeans during Pesah.
Moshe received the Torah, but Yehoshua conquered Eretz Yisrael. Many of us were a bit surprised with the outcome of the Likud primaries. Two of the biggest supporters for Jewish rights on Har HaBayit, Moshe Feiglin and Tsippi Hotovely, received very low spots on the Likud list and it's unlikely that they'll be in the next Knesset.
So what happened?
The most obvious cause is that they were both victims of a hit list put out by Bibi and his cronies. This probably had a number of components that included: Voting lists. Bibi's organization promoted lists of "kosher candidates" or pre-filled ballots that did not contain Moshe or Tsippi. These lists are designed to utilize all of your votes so that you only vote for approved candidates. Phony deals. Moshe and Tsippi were probably the victims of phony deals. Part of the wheeling and dealing of primaries is that the various "camps" agree to support each others candidates, or for a portion of their voters to supp…