Cremation and Kaddish

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
A distant elderly Jewish relative died last month and he chose to be cremated. Is it still appropriate to say Kaddish for him?
Many thanks,
Martin

Dear Martin,
The sombre and distasteful subject of cremation is discussed (and decried) in the Torah literature. The practice has become very common in non-Orthodox circles, and strenuous efforts are sometimes exerted (whether successfully or otherwise) to avoid such an outcome. Nevertheless, after the fact, and on the assumption that the deceased chose cremation more out of ignorance and assimilation (or thrift) rather than rebellion, one may say Kaddish for him.
Best Wishes,
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,
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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