The following hypothetical case was raised in class today:

An American (ashkenazic) Jew is visiting Israel. On Erev Pesach, he has a hankering for sushi (the word hankering was not used in class -- this is my emendation). So he goes to a Sephardic, K for P restaurant. Can he order and eat sushi with rice?

This developed from a broader question -- can a Jew eat someone else's chameitz on erev pesach (so there is no issue of owning it) even if it means accepting any punishment for theft?

  • What was the answer in class? – Seth J Apr 4 '12 at 15:24
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    the students raised the hypothetical -- I had no answer so I promised I'd post it. They'll ask anything to avoid studying literature. – rosends Apr 4 '12 at 15:28
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    Eating any chametz on Erev Pesach after Chatzot is for sure a Biblical prohibition! Kitniyot is only a minhag and there may be what to talk about, but I think the minhag is not to eat it. But certainly no chametz. – Double AA Apr 4 '12 at 16:09
  • the zmanim for this friday indicate a 2 hour window between last time to eat and chatzot and a 1 hour window after bi'ur and chatzot – rosends Apr 4 '12 at 16:42
  • @Dan That's because there is a 2 hour period prior to Chatzot where eating chametz is rabinnically prohibited and a 1 hour window prior to chatzot where owning chametz is rabinnically prohibited. But starting from chatzot the prohibition is biblical. – Double AA Apr 4 '12 at 19:26

According to Chok Yaakov, cited by Shevet Halevi (OC 31), the custom to refrain from eating kitniyot begins on Erev Pesach, just the same as the prohibition of eating chametz.

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