Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Post-Pesach, plus politics, post

It's huntin' season again :)  (No animals will be harmed)
Yep, it's that time of year--we're looking for all the things we packed away before Passover.  We'll probably need at least another week to find everything.

A Conservative Jew reconsiders kitniyot
This year, the Conservative Movement's Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards declared kitniyot permissible during Pesach even for Ashkenazi Jews.  Being both a Conservative Jew and an Ashkenazit, I have now been given official permission to eat rice (well-checked for any chametz accidentally mixed in) and legumes on Pesach.  This would certainly make Pesach much easier for me, as I'm not only gluten-sensitive, but must also avoid white potatoes and other nightshades to prevent arthritis flare-ups.

That said, I may choose to continue avoiding kitniyot during Pesach in accordance with the teaching of Mishlei/Proverbs 1:8:
ח  שְׁמַע בְּנִי, מוּסַר אָבִיךָ;    וְאַל-תִּטֹּשׁ, תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ. 8 Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;

My mother was adamant in her belief that Pesach and its menu should be different from the rest of the year.  And since I can't eat wheat anyway, how else can I keep Pesach's menu different if not by avoiding kitniyot?

After Donald Trump's landslide victory in Indiana yesterday, he will almost certainly be the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States.  Personally, I think that his only skill is that he's mastered the media, and that his only goal is self-aggrandizement.

Friday, May 6, 2016 update:
I forgot about this Trump analysis.



Blogger Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

1) Don't drop kitniyos. The same "authority" that permitted them also overturned rules written in black and white in the Torah. It's like the folks who want to drop Yom Tov Sheini and start off with "Well nowadays we have a fixed calendar..." and then are stunned when you respond "Yeah, they had that back in the times of the Talmud, discussed that very issue and decided to keep the second day."
2) Trump has decided that the election is a reality show. As a reality show star he's therefore the most experienced candidate. Really it's like a guy who bullcraps his way into a situation, suddenly realizes he's getting away with his deceit and decides to keep running with it until he gets caught.

Thu May 05, 12:22:00 PM 2016  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Garnel, I may yet rethink the kitniyot prohibition, but, for the time being, I'm keeping it out of respect for my mother's insistence on keeping Pesach different.

As to your second point, I think that's a pretty good explanation.

Thu May 05, 02:01:00 PM 2016  

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