Disposing of Talit/Tzitzit

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Dear Rabbi Simon
How do I dispose of a derelict tallit and tzitzit without burying it or giving it to someone? May I burn it since it is too damaged to be repaired?

Hi Tal
The garment may be placed in recycling (if you have access to such a facility). Otherwise, put it in a bag and you may discard it. The tzitzit, however, should ideally be removed and buried. If they are also damaged beyond use, you may consign them to the same fate as the garment. I would not recommend burning.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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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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