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Consuming Blood

Dear Rabbi Simon I know that it is forbidden to eat human blood. I realized that I had a cut on my thumb while flossing and it was actually bloody. I don’t think that it actually got in my mouth but it may have touched my lip. I did not swallow it. Is this a problem? Nicky Dear Nicky You…

Milky Pan, Meaty Lid

Dear Rabbi Simon I’d appreciate your help please. I heated up some parev pasta sauce in a milk saucepan although one which has never had milk it. Without thinking, unfortunately I used a meat saucepan lid.  As far as we recall we never have used meat in the saucepan that the lid should be used for. Can the lid and saucepan…

The Power to Bless

Hello Rabbi Simon I am very excited about completing my conversion process through immersing in the mikveh this week. I type that last sentence with so much hakaras hatov [gratitude] that my appointment is going ahead despite the contagion. I was wondering about what I should have in mind during immersion. I understand that the day of conversion is a very…

‘Tis the Season

Note: This Q&A is based on a recent text message exchange. Dear Rabbi Simon It is the time of year that I send out cards and gifts for work to buyers at businesses that I supply. I am never quite sure if I need to just write ‘seasons greetings’ which always feels wrong for those that I know celebrate Christmas.…

Ask the Rabbi – Doughnut Crisis

The following Q&A is based on a text exchange: Q) Hi Rabbi Simon. I saw that one day this Chanukah customers of a certain Kosher bakery were encouraged to return for a refund any doughnuts purchased that day because the fryer was turned on by a non-Jewish employee. I know the principle that a fire should be started by a Jew –…

Dinah and Shechem: Blaming the Victim?

Note: This parshanut (Torah interpretation) Q&A relates to last week’s Parashah (VaYishlach). We are sharing it here for the interest of our learned readers. Dear Rabbi Simon, Please see Gen. 34:1. Rabbeinu Bechaye quoting Midrash Tanchuma presents the view that women should stay at home and that Dinah was at fault for going out. Does this not transpose the victim…

Ask the Rabbi – Glycerine in Hand Gel

Dear Rabbi Simon I happened to be made aware of a company that is starting to manufacture hand sanitizer that is Hallal, and is not manufactured with any animal products (possibly referring to glycerine). I was thinking about it from a kashrut perspective. My initial thought is that it’s not relevant as hand gel is not food that we eat,…

Close Shave with the Law

Dear Rabbi Simon, Can you please tell me if the following shavers are kosher? Philips New Series 3000 Wet or Dry Men’s Electric Shaver Philip series 6000 wet and dry men’s electric shaver Philip series 9000 wet and dry mens electric shaver Philip series 5000 wet and dry men’s electrical shaver. Many thanks, Monty Dear Monty Thank you for your…

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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,
Tzippy
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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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