# 3126 A Hard Pill to Swallow II

Q. On a question 3122 above regarding swallowing pills for someone who has to take them during Pesach that may contain Kitniyos, you answered that it is not permitted.
I don’t understand isn’t any deviation of the normal way of doing a mitzva or an avera,(sin) a shinui (change) that removes the Biblical prohibition?
A. As we wrote, in principle one who eats prohibited foods in an unnatural or unusual way, will not transgress a Biblical law, (Pesachim 24b, Rambam -Yesodei Harorah 5: 8, Mishne Lemelech idid.).
However, swallowing without chewing is not considered an unusual way. (Nodah Beyehuda Y.D 1: 35, Chelkas Yoav – Y.D. 9 – unless the food is very hot). This opinion followed by many Poskim.
Nevertheless, Toras Chaim (Chulin, 120b) does permit. See also Minchas Shlomo (1; 17).
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a

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