# 3122 A Hard Pill to Swallow?


Q. Someone who has to take pills during Pesach that may contain Kitniyos (grain products that are not true chometz, but Ashkenazim prohibit). Should he preferably place his pill on a glass with water and then just swallow the pill with the water, lifting his head and ingesting it directly to his throat? Will he avoid the issue of consuming Kitniyos?
A. Some who tried the above mentioned method mentioned that it does not necessarily work, since the pills often get stuck to the cup.
Most important however is that, although the Talmud (Pesachim 115b) does mention that when swallowing Maror one does not comply with the mitzva, since we require feeling the flavor of the bitter herbs while chewing them to be considered eating. However, regarding Matza or the many prohibited foods, swallowing is just as prohibited. (See Rambam and Mishne Lemelech – Maacholos Assurim 14: 12).
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a


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