Cleaner on Yom Tov

Dear Rabbi Simon, I have a cleaning lady coming on Yom Tov. (What a blessing!) Can she vacuum the carpets? Thank you so much. Valerie Dear Valerie, The halakhic problem with a vacuum cleaner is that it makes a lot of noise. This is an issue as it detracts from the Shabbos/Yom Tov atmosphere in the home, and it suggests that…

New Kiddush Cup

Dear Rabbi Simon I want to get a new kiddush cup for use on Shabbat/Yom Tov, Havdalah, Seder night, etc. I found one which holds 90ml/3.04oz. Is that large enough? Many thanks, Joseph Dear Joseph Thank you for your practical question. As a matter of basic halakhah, you may use a cup of the size you mention, as you can rely on…

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Ask the Rabbi: Quinoa on Pesach
Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
Many thanks,
Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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