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Dear Rabbi Simon
I hope you are well. I have a couple of ma’aser question if you don’t mind.
I recently donated to the Hendon Evening Beis’ charity campaign and I just wanted to check that this donation would be included as ma’aser money?
Also, is one able to give a donation from a salary that one has not been paid yet? As in, may I give a donation and have in mind that I will deduct that from a salary that I am due to be paid? Or one must have the money in one’s possession first?
Many thanks in advance.

Hi Nadav
Thank you for your questions.
Regarding your first question – definitely. This is a communal resource which promotes and enables the study of Torah.
And, yes, you may give ma’aser based on a payment (salary) you anticipate receiving.
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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