Eating Matza Meal between Rosh Hodesh Nisan & Pesach

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
We have a minhag (custom) to not eat matzah before Pesach, starting from Rosh Hodesh Nisan (although my personal preference is to abstain from after Pesach until the following Pesach!). I have now Kashered and changed over my kitchen for Pesach. Are we allowed to eat kosher for Pesach kneidlach & schnitzels fried in matzah meal? Or should we wait until Seder night?

Hi Melony
Thank you for your question.
Yes, you may, as the taste sensation of eating these items, although made with matzah meal, is quite different to eating matzah itself. For this reason, the novelty of matzah at the seder is not diminished in this way.
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,
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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