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You Learn Something New Every Day.

You know what I learned today?

My favorite Passover meal, peanut butter & jelly on matzah? Is totally *NOT* Kosher for Passover.



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Apr. 3rd, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Only if you're Ashkenazi. Sephardim have no problems at all with peanuts during Pesach.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
He and I have this conversation all the time.

He's a big, swarthy Italian, so by all rights he should be (IMO) Sephardic. But he was raised in the Ashkenazi tradition, so Ashkenazi rules apply.

Me? I'm Ashkenazi, but am all about the rice and beans. Not to mention the PB&J on matza. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Not all Italian Jews are Sephardic. Probably the majority are, but Venice has four Synagogues: Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Italian Rite, and Levantine rite.

Is he actually an Italian Jew, or just a Jew with Italian ancestry? I ask because if he's an Italian Jew, I'm probably a cousin. (There have never been more than about 50,000 Jews in Italy. I've actually met my 10th cousins.)
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Jew with Italian ancestry. He converted when he was 10 (along with his mother and his sister).
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Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Are they Kosher if you call them "garbanzos"?
Apr. 3rd, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm Mizrahi (Sephardim are _technically_ European Jews, and most Jews from Arab lands don't trace their ancestry to Spain), and I get to eat most of the "fun stuff". My learned uncle in Rochester once sent me a Passover Guide (which I forgot to print) several years ago.

Not ALL Sephardim/Mizrahim eat kitniyot. However, they are generally not as "picky" as Azhkenazim. kitniyot is a matter of Minhag - not Halakah, so local/town custom holds sway.

My uncle told related to me several Passover stories from growing up in Baghdad and Basra;

My late grandmother used to go through the rice - grain by grain - before passover and pick out pieces of other grains. She would then seal the "clean" rice in bags and store them for Passover.

In another story, My late grandfather's sister married a rabbi, and she asked him about eating rice on Passover one year. Her husband, the rabbi informed her that they were spending Passover at her brother's and they eat rice, so she/they could.

Also, my dad told me that in Iraq when he was young, Religious identity was very important, and they could "cast you out". There were no civil marriages, divorces or funerals, so without some affiliation, you were screwed.
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