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My speculative, unresearched reason for this custom is that it's based on the Gemara and Shulchan Arukh's edict to eat foods which increase sperm on Friday night. In medieval times, it was believed that chickpeas was one such food. Interestingly, based on the sources brought down in Mishna B'rura, we may also explain why the chickpeas are served with black ...

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