[Sca-cooks] Passover cakes
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Fri Nov 20 10:39:40 PST 2009
>It makes me wonder, though, about period Passover. Which of those
>rules were in effect when?
If you are sufficiently curious, I believe there are well over a
hundred thousand surviving responsa, giving legal opinions across a
very wide range of time and space.
Of course, most of them aren't available in English. There's an
enormous surviving literature on Jewish law--I've been studying the
subject in preparation for including it in a seminar I'm teaching
next semester. Bits of it have been translated, large parts have not.
>How old is the Egyptian custom of avoiding chickpeas?
The Mishnah distinguishes, if I correctly remember what I have just
been reading, among various sorts of beans for various legal
purposes. I don't know if chickpeas are avoided at Passover or not,
but the Mishnah is available in English.
In fact, quite a lot of it is available in English online:
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