Crawling in the Kitchen: Warm Weather Peril

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Hi Rabbi Simon.

I just found 2 worms in a packet of beans… do I need to throw away the whole pack?



Hi Brenda,

Distasteful discovery. That’s why we check our produce, isn’t it? This sort of thing is especially prevalent in the summer. You do not need to discard the whole packet (unless you want to). But you do need to check the rest of the contents carefully. Of course if you find more worms you may just decide it is not worth the effort. Thankfully beans are not costly. Give me a call if you would like to discuss.
Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Rashi Simon

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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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