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Celiac – A Guide to Halachic Observance

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Rabbi Dovid Cohen
Administrative Rabbinical Coordinator of the cRc


Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body reacts to the consumption of gluten/ gliadin, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and spelt. The celiac’s (colloquial term for a person affected by celiac disease) body responds to the consumption of gluten in a manner which damages the small intestine, particularly the villi that line the duodenum (beginning of the small intestine). This, in turn, affects the celiac’s ability to absorb calcium, iron, and a number of vitamins….