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Dear Rabbi Simon,
If the minyan davens too fast for me and I have to prioritise my Pesukei D’zimra in order to time it that I say Shema and Amidah with the minyan, when is best to catch up the parts of P’sukei D’zimra?
Can I do this during repetition of Amidah?
Ratz K’Tzvi

Hi Zvi
Good question.
The answer is that there is not really any need to “catch up” on the selections of Pesukei D’Zimra which you skipped in order to keep the pace. They are preparatory to the Shema and the Amidah, and saying them afterwards is a bit beside the point. Of course it is a nice thing to do all the same, but not recommended during the Reader’s Repetition (hazarat ha-Sha”tz).
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.
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