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…

Ma’aser Calculation

Dear Rabbi Simon, As your responses are always so helpful I hope you don’t mind if I ask another question regarding ma’aser. I had always thought that one was obligated to take 10% from one’s salary and that is the contribution of ma’aser to make. e.g. say from the £1000 that entered your bank account each month, it would be…

Tzedakah Questions

Dear Rabbi Simon, I have some ma’aser queries that I would be grateful if you could help me with. I made a complaint to two separate companies, due to a defect in their products, which made them unusable. (Although the amounts involved are modest, I want to be exacting in the mitzvah, as well as to establish the halakhic principles…

Tzedakah Calculation

Dear Rabbi Simon, I have a question regarding giving charity. If I had committed to giving a set amount each month to charity and I decide to give this charity through a service like, where they take 5% comission for the use of their very good service, surely it is up to me to give an additional 5% as…

Money Matters: Returning a Party Favour

Q: Dear Rabbi Simon, I attended a charity dinner recently and each guest was given a good quality beauty product to take home with them as a gift. What I received was not particularly to my liking or something that I would use. I was wondering if therefore, I would be able to return it to the shop to exchange…

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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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