Pesach

14 03, 2021

Eino Ben Yomo Kitniyot Keilim On Pesach

March 14th, 2021|Kashrut, Orach Chayim, Pesach, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

New York, NY

What concerns should we have about cooking and eating kitniyot (rice, for example) on Pesach keilim on Shabbat-Erev Pesach. Is this mutar lekhatchilah?

ANSWER

Yes. You will use them on Friday, and not use them again until Saturday night. They will be eino ben yomo, and there is no issur to use kitniyot eino ben yomo pots, since even if they are ben yomo, they will definitely be bateil. This follows the general principle that we don’t forbid X lest it lead to Y if even Y is mutar bedieved. See Gra YD 35:10 and Taz YD 91:7,

דכל שמותר בדיעבד לא חיישי’ מתחלה שמא ישכח וזה מוכח בסימן א’ בטור גבי ומיהו לכתחלה יכולין […]

14 03, 2021

The Status of Utensils Never User With Chameitz That Are Stored in Proximity to Chameitz

March 14th, 2021|Kashrut, Orach Chayim, Pesach, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Chicago, IL

What is your guidance for kashering kitchen utensils that are never used for chameitz but are kept in the kitchen during the year. For example, a French press for making coffee that sits on the counter top and is washed with chameitz in the sink or dishwasher (with soap)? What about a special rack for roasting liver which is only used for liver and never with chameitz in the oven at the same time?

ANSWER

If it sits in the kitchen, but never comes in hot contact with anything chameitz, then you can use it. Just wash it off and you are […]

6 03, 2021

Ashkenazi Roommate of a Sephardi Using Kitniyot Pots

March 6th, 2021|Orach Chayim, Pesach|

QUESTION

Chicago, IL

Any recommendations for an Ashkenazi Jew whose roommate is a Kitniyot eating Sephardi vegan viz. pots and pans and dishes etc.?

ANSWER

Yes, it’s totally fine. Kitniyot are bateil berovShulchan Arukh OC 453:1 and Mishnah Berurah 453:9. As such, we can assume that there is rov of the actual food being cooked against what it absorbed. Admittedly, this can be questioned:

  1. Maybe with all the ways we go to extremes to assume that the pot absorbed its entire volume (or the amount of food being cooked, whichever is less), we should assume that there might not be rov against the food absorbed […]
25 02, 2021

Washing Kitniyot Vessels in Kosher for Passover Sink

February 25th, 2021|Kashrut, Orach Chayim, Pesach|

QUESTION

Chicago, IL

The OU thinks that if an Ashkenazi person is going to have kitniyot (say, baby formula) in their house on Pesach they need to wash keilim (ex, bottles, etc) in the bathroom sink. Does the Rosh Yeshiva agree?

ANSWER

No, I do not agree. The Taz says as a general rule that we do not say don’t do X, lest it come to Y, in cases where even if it came to Y, everything would be mutar bedieved. Here, if the sink is empty – what’s the concern? Yad soledet bo water puts it into the walls of the sink? Some shirayim are left that gets […]

23 11, 2020

Chametz She’Avar Alav HaPesach

November 23rd, 2020|Orach Chayim, Pesach|

QUESTION

Westchester, NY

I have some חמץ שעבר עליו את הפסח. My school is doing a food drive this week. Can I donate my חמץ without concern for הנאה? The food drive is also a competition between classes. If I put it in one of the classes’ boxes, would that be a problem?

ANSWER

The Gemara says in a different context that a gift is like a sale, since it usually is in repayment of some good that the person did for you (a little cynical view on […]

7 04, 2017

Being In A House With Hametz

April 7th, 2017|Pesach|

Question:

QUESTION 1: I currently live with an apartment-mate who is Jewish but not at all observant. We have a good arrangement for the rest of the year but Pesach might present a problem. I’ll obviously get rid of my own hametz, but my apartment-mate doesn’t want to get rid of his cereal and bread for the week. He did offer to store his cereal and other hametz in his room for the week rather than in the kitchen. Is it necessary for him to have his hametz in his room? What do I do if he forgets and sticks something in the fridge or on […]

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