Rabbi Emanuel Goldfiez, Rav of Baltimore Sephardic Center, gave a brief history of the origins of Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews. Rabbi Goldfeiz then went on to explain the issur in the Torah to eat from the five grains if they became chometz. The rav told the story of how Rav Huna’s wife served rice on Yom Tov to fulfill the requirement to have two cooked foods. The rav also explained some of the variations among Morrocon Sefardim who eat beans but not rice and Syrian sefardim who don’t eat chickpeas or chumas.
Finally, the rav explained how even Ashkenazim are allowed to have benefit from kitniyos such as feeding one’s pets kitniyos.