…and prepare for the inevitable rival organization, The Liberation Front for Kitniyot.
When my Aba told me about the Kitniyot Liberation Front this morning, I thought it was all a joke, which seemed funny to him at the time of his cleaning the house for Pesach with my Ema. Blame the cleaning fumes and Monty Python movies, I thought–there was no way there was a KLF, which advocated Ashkenazic consumption of beans, rice, corn and other items that were previously only permitted for Sephardic use.
But a simple Google search revealed that it was no joke. At Torahlight.org, you can listen to an MP3 shiur on “Why Ashkenazim Can Eat Kitniyot” or download one of two PDF documents (in Hebrew that I don’t have time to read right now because I’m cleaning my refrigerator and doing writing work at the same time and can’t handle the multitasking of a third task) that explore either “The Roadmap from Qitniyoth to Qorban Pesah” or “Geula or Qitniyoth.” Notably absent from the site is is the much-sought document “Using Qs to Indicate a Hard K Sound.”
Of course, no MP3 shiur is going to make arroz con habichuelos kosher for Passover in my parents’ house, at least not this year. But once Michael’s international Sephardic-Ashkenazi intermarriage “Don’t Inbreed: Interbreed” initiative is officially launched, I think they’ll be into it…
Although the linguist in me has to wonder if this organization might not have been better named “the Ashkenazim Liberation Front,” as the mass Passover consumption of kitniyot by descendants of Eastern European Jews frees said Ashkenazim, and enslaves the kitniyot. But maybe that’s just me.