Medical Scan in the Days of Awe

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Hi Rabbi Simon
If you don’t mind I was hoping to ask you a question. Each year my wife Hannah has an important annual medical scan and this year it falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I was curious whether there is a reason to avoid having such medical investigations during this time period? I ask as during other sensitive time periods we restrict certain activities or behaviours and I was wondering whether this would extend to these holy days? The date of the scan can be moved as it is does not have to take place on that day. Thank you.
All the best,

Dear Rafi
Thank you for your question. There is no impediment in Jewish tradition to having a medical scan or evaluation during the aseret yemei teshuvah (10 Days of Repentance). On the contrary, although these are consequential days, they are equally a time of divine favour, when Hashem is attentive to our prayers and accessible when we approach Him in teshuvah.
Please G-d Hannah and will have the reassurance of a clean bill of health and we will all be written and inscribed in the Book of Life for bounty and blessing  in the year ahead.
Shanah Tovah
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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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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