I was wondering what stance Chabad-Lubavitch holds regarding kitniyos. Do they follow the Ashkenazi minhag of not consuming kitniyos on Pesach, or do they follow the Sephardi minhag, which doesn't worry anything about it. Or maybe they have their own set of laws concerning it? Please enlighten me.

  • Do you know if Chabad-Lubavitch generally follows Ashkenazi or Sefardi customs? Do you suspect those in Chabad-Lubavitch don't just follow the practice of their respective ancestors?
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 3:58
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    Well they've had different minhagim before, ones that don't subscribe to Ashkenaz or Sephard...
    – ezra
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 4:06
  • Well, have you tried searching at all on the internet? Asking friends? Do you feel like you have the same doubt about any other Jewish law issue? Why or why not?
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 5:24
  • Chabad Rabbi Nachman Wilhelm discusses Kitniyot here: shturem.org/index.php?section=news&id=86938
    – Menachem
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 16:52

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"Google is your friend"

The History, Rationale and Practice of Avoiding Kitniyos on Passover has an explicit statement

The Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, specifically forbids oils derived from kitniyos.

Thus this would imply that if even the derived oils are forbidden (which some may allow), then kal vachomer, the kitniyos themselves would be forbidden. That site goes into the details about kitniyos and the psakim from the past down to today.

From that posting. It would appear that Chabad follows the Ashkenazic minhag and forbids kitniyos.

@DoubleAA says that there are Sefardim who are Chabad and he has been to a Sefardi Chabad shul with a Chabad rabbi that maintained Chabad customs as well as Sfard.

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    They are absolutely strict on kitniyos from everything I've personally experienced.
    – Shalom
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 12:27
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    Unless they are sefardim and keep there family tradition
    – hazoriz
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 12:37
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    If you look at the article you have linked to, you will see that it is discussing minhagim. The citation from the Alter Rebbe is addressing the subject of Ashkenazic minhag as it relates to the subject of oils derived from kitniyot. It is not about kitniyot in all circumstances. But this question is asking about the position of Chabad in regard to following minhag in general. There are Lubavitchers who follower Sephardic minhag in regard to kitniyot and those who follow a different minhag. Chabad, which corresponds to the 13th gate, the gate open to all, encompasses all approaches. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 14:09
  • @YaacovDeane As I read the quote from the Alter Rebbe, he was talking about how he paskened about the oil, not how other ashkenazim paskened. Thus the inference as to what he held for kitniyos in general would apply. Unless the Chabad changed since then, it would still apply. This was the only part of the linked article that would indicate what Chabad Lubavitch specifically would say. The rest of the article implies that Chabad follows the Ashkenaz minhag but does not say so explicitly. However, other articles on different subjects do point out where the Chabad differ in their practices Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 22:30
  • @sabbahillel That's how he paskined for ashkenazim (seemingly). There are Sefardim with Chabad philosophy. I've even been to a 100% Sefardi Chabad shul with a Chabad rabbi (they even Duchened on a random Shabbat in Chu"l).
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 15:47

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