Kitniyot on Pesach

Is rice chametz or is it kitniyot? Is what we call oats today, the same oats that are discussed in the Talmud? The flour of rice and beans have the ability to rise. How is the process in which it rises different than that of the five grains. The big question that Rav Friedman discusses is what is the definition of kitniyot and why were kitniyot excluded from the Ashkenazi Pesach menu.

Listen to Rav Mordechai Friedman lead an interesting discussion starting with analyzing the issue in the talmud and moving through the rishonim and the halacha today regarding kitniyot.

This shiur is reposted with permission from the VBM—The Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion, where you can find both audio and text shiurim regarding all aspects to Pesach

About the Author
Rav Mordechai Friedman has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1986. He is the Halacha Coordinator for the VBM—The Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion, the Yeshiva's Internet Project. Rav Friedman studied under Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l at Yeshiva University in New York, graduating with a degree in Computer Sciences. He earned Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
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