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“Kvatter” – what do I need to know?

Hi Rabbi, I have been given the honour with Debbie to be Kvatter at a Bris tomorrow. What am I expected to do? And what does the honour entail? Thank you. Regards David Hi David, Kvatter (Kvatterin in the feminine) is the Yiddish term (probably from the old German meaning “in place of the father”) for the woman and man who…

Graves of Tzaddikim in London?

 

Dear Rabbi Simon

I read that some recommend visiting the graves of tzaddikim (the Righteous) where one is not able to visit the graveside of a departed family member on a yahrtzeit. This may seem like a strange question, but it is a practical one (as my sister’s yahrtzeit is approaching and she is buried overseas): Who are regarded as the greatest tzaddikim who are buried in London?

Reuven

Legalese Online

Dear Rabbi, I have a Question: Is clicking the “I have read the above and agree button”, lying? What I mean is, I don't feel I have time to sit and read through the entire lovely 100 paragraph legal document, but I want to use the product, so I click “I Agree”. Is this allowed, or is it forbidden as telling an untruth? Bayla

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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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