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Pesach: Selling products with wheat ingredients together with the chametz

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel

Can I sell products containing wheat protein (like soluble soup mix) together with the chametz?

Peasch: Are gluten-free products kosher for Pesach?

Rabbi Tzvi Ben Reuven, Emunat Itecha 119 Nissan 5778

Are gluten-free products kosher for Pesach?

Pesach: Hydroponically grown maror

Rabbi Ehud Ahituv

Is it possible to fulfill the mitzva of eating maror on lettuce grown hydroponically?

Sukkut: a Grafted Etrog

Rabbi Moshe Bloom, Torah VeHa’aretz Institute

I see that it says on all the etrog boxes “not grafted.” What exactly does that mean?

 

Pesach: conditioning wheat kernels today

Rabbi David Eigner

Is wheat conditioned (where the kernels are exposed to moisture before being milled) in modern milling? There is a responsum by Rabbi Epstien in Chevel Nachalato about wheat conditioning (letita). I recently heard that this is not done today (including to a taped conversation with a professional on the matter; yet I don't know who the speaker is and what the context of the discussion). My question is if conditioning is still performed in the wheat milling process, or has technology changed and with it the halacha with regarding to chametz. Have the rabbis recently reinvestigated the matter? Thank you!

Pesach: Hydroponically grown maror (1)

Rabbis of Torah VeHa'artez Institute

Does one fulfill the obligation of maror grown hydroponically?

 

Pesach: Selling products with wheat flour or protien

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel

Are we supposed to sell products what include wheat protein or wheat flour (soup mix, for example) with the chametz?

Pesach: What do we do with sheaves of wheat during Pesach

Rabbis of Torah VeHa'artez Institute

We went for a nature hike and the kids gathered sheaves of wheat. Is it permissible to keep these sheaves for decoration, even during Pesach, or is it considered chametz gamur? What should we do with all the sheaves?

Nissan: Birkat ha'ilanot vs. Shekacha lo ba'olamo

Rabbi Ehud Achituv

Whoever sees especially beautiful creations recites the blessing shekacha lo ba'olamo; "Who has such things in His world."
Whoever goes out to fields or gardens in the days of Nissan and sees trees blossoming and budding recites birkat ha'ilanot, the blessing for the trees: "Blessed … who has withheld nothing from His world, and has created in it beautiful creatures and trees for human beings to enjoy.'"  What is the difference between both blessings?

Pesach: Lecithin and rapeseed on Pesach

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel

In recent years, my family has begun to avoid eating lecithin and rapeseed products on Pesach. I'm not sure what the source of this custom is. I would like to know if these are considered legumes (kitniyut) and on what basis should one not eat them on Pesach.