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April 09, 2006

Kitniyot Liberation Front

I guess the complaints about the ashkenazic prohibition of kitniot on Passover has been taken to a new level. (For details, see here and here.)

Reader "Just Moi" writes and points to a posting on the janglo group at Yahoo by someone representing the "Kitniyot Liberation Front." I don't know if you need a Yahoo account to access this, so let me quote:

From: Kitniyot Liberation Front
Date: Fri Apr 7, 2006 1:55 am
Subject: INFO4U: Join the Kitniyot Liberation Front

Have you ever wondered why after having gathered
together in Israel from every continent that there are
those of us who will not eat at each other's homes on
Pesach because of the presence of legumes?

Have you ever thought that just maybe Jews living
together in Eretz Yisrael should no longer be divided
in accordance with the Ashkenazi-Sephardi labels which
arose in the first place as a result of our having
been expelled from Eretz Yisrael into our various
places of Exile?

Have you pondered whether a minhag not to eat
kitniyot which began during the galut as an Ashkenazi
practice should now prevent two Jews living in the
same building in Petach Titkva from eating at each
other's homes?

Have you been waiting for a halachic approach with
vision which promotes Jewish unity?

Then,you've found the right address at the Kitniyot
Liberation Front at kitniyot@....

For a shiur explaining why Ashkenazim may eat
kitniyoth go to:

Yonathan Ben Shimshon
Kitniyot Liberation Front
If you follow the link to, and you search for "the roadmap," you'll find the relevant shiur. I've downloaded it but haven't listened to it. It runs well over an hour.

If any of my readers actually listen to it and there's something interesting and relevant, please post in the comments.