Are there any Ashkenazic poskim who hold, like R.Yitzchak Abadi, that kitniyot are batel berov lechatchilah before pesach, thus allowing Ashkenazim to drink regular coke with corn syrup, for example, as well as many other foods?

  • Who holds it isn't batel berov? You should be asking about bittul lechatchilah before pesach.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:02
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    @seth I think the two questions are independently valuable.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:45
  • @DoubleAA I was just making his question smoother. I tihnk he was only asking one question and assuming that the answer to it would also answer another question which motivated the one that was asked.
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:55
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    Yishaq, feel free the ask the motivating question - "(Why) can't Ashkenazim drink Coke on Pesah if the corn syrup is Batel?" separately.
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:57
  • See shu"t Dovev Mesharim 2:2, and Yesodei Yeshurun 6:pg 414
    – sam
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 18:23

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AFAIK that kitniyot is nullified in a majority is universally agreed upon. The Rama (OC 453:1) writes that we do not forbid a mixture into which kitniyot fell, and the Mishna Berura there notes that obviously this means that there must be at least a majority of non-kitniyot and that if any piece of kitniyot is visible (nikkar) one must pick it out.

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    NOTE: The conclusions drawn by the OP that my answer allows Ashkenazim to drink regular coke are not straightforward and are not addressed in this post because he didn't ask about them.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:12
  • So why do most Ashkenazim require kosher le Pesach coke?
    – Yishaq
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:27
  • @Yishaq Probably because we don't nullify things on purpose. You can ask a question about it if you want, cf meta.stackexchange.com/q/66377/166155.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:30
  • @DoubleAA, the reason Ashkenazim drink milk, though, is that before Pesah it isn't Asur, and it's therefore Batel in a state of Heter.
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 16:59
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    @SethJ You're discussing why chametz bemashehu doesn't apply, not why bittul lechatchilah doesn't apply. Not wanting wheat there is very different from purposefully putting in loads of corn syrup.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 17:21

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