The other day I read that during the exodus the Jews were commanded to take the blood of the Pesach and schmear it "on the two doorposts and the lentils, upon the houses wherein they shall eat it." (Ex. 12:7)
This seems to present a multitude of questions:
- Aren't lentils technically kitniyot, making their use on Pesach forbidden according to "Minhag Yisroel KiHalacha?"
- Why would Hashem command them to mix blood in their food and eat it - isn't eating blood forbidden?
- If they were required to throw out the spoiled food, wouldn't this constitute a violation of bal tashchis (wanton destruction of food)?
- What is the connection between the lentils and the doorposts - were the lentils supposed to be mixed with the blood and THEN schmeared on the doorposts?
- How is this supposed to protect them from the final plague?