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Dear Rabbi Simon
Please can I ask about music on the eve of Lag B’Omer? I think I once heard that one had to wait to Lag B’Omer morning to listen to music.  I am not sure if this is correct?  If it is correct, can I also ask for my daughter who is in seminary in Israel.  She would like to go to a bonfire on Motzei Shabbos but they would be listening to music.  Would she be OK to go?
Many thanks

Hi Shevach
Yes she may. Although some maintain that the minhagei avelut (customs associated with mourning) must be observed until sunrise (mourning until morning), there are many who are lenient as well WRT shaving (haircuts) and weddings. The famous celebrations at Meron take place at night (and through the night). [Although not this year, due to security concerns.] Pre-recorded music is also allowed.
All this after nightfall (rather than sunset). [Of course this year (5784) Lag B’Omer begins after Shabbos, so no musical instrumetns until after the stars come out in any case.]
Enjoy and happy Lag B’Omer.
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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