Earliest time for Kiddush

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Dear Rabbi Simon.
If I don’t make it to shul on a Saturday morning, what is the earliest time I can make kiddush at home?
Many thanks,
Mike

Dear Mike,
Technically the earliest is after the Amidah for Shacharit, which can be recited any time after dawn (=72 minutes before sunrise). However it is ideal to wait for sunrise itself for Amidah. If you want/need to eat early, according to some you may do so before Shacharit but without kiddush, as the time for kiddush only begins after Shacharit. Ideally you should recite Musaf before kiddush as well.
I hope this is helpful.
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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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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