Every Pesach, I see candy by a company called Joyva. This would not be exceptional, except for the note on the back which in paraphrase, reads:

Note: this product contains liquid derivatives from kitniot (henceforward, shemen kitniot), which are kosher for Pesach according to the opinion of R' Yitzchok Elchonon Spektor זצ”ל.

  1. How does R' Spektor permit shemen kitniot?
  2. Who agrees with him that it is permissible?
  3. Do any Ashkenazi* communities hold by this leniency in this day and age?
  4. Who is the mashgiach on Joyva's products, R' D.I. Scheinkopf?

*Here, unlike in many of my questions about German nusach and minhag, Ashkenazi refers to the general European populace, with the obvious exception of the Sephardi and Balkan kehillot.

  • See Beer Yitzchak OC 11
    – Double AA
    Feb 22, 2015 at 3:20
  • When we grew up shemen kitniot was allowed, by the Rov in our Yekkish Kehilo. Feb 22, 2015 at 10:21
  • R. Michel Shurkin (Ashkenazi, but not German) told me that when he was growing up everyone used peanut oil on Pesach. I believe R. Kook permits it as well.
    – mevaqesh
    Feb 22, 2015 at 15:54
  • @DannySchoemann and Mevaqesh, here, unlike in some of my other posts, Ashkenazi refers to general non-Sephardi/Mizrachi kehillot, including the kehillot hachassidim. Feb 22, 2015 at 16:13
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt Well, industrial kashrut market their products to as many as possible, after all. See too judaism.stackexchange.com/a/45259/759
    – Double AA
    Feb 22, 2015 at 17:46

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I heard from R. Nota Greenblatt that R. Moshe Feinstein permitted all kitniyos derivatives. This is his psak as well.

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    Kitniyus Alcohol as well?
    – Yishai
    Feb 23, 2015 at 0:48

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