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Dear Rabbi Simon,
In a recent Ask the Rabbi, you said that you recommend a pyrolytic oven for Pesach purposes.  Any other halachic questions to bear in mind when buying an oven?
Thank you

Dear Owen
Thank you for your question.
The properties of a pyrolytic oven are certainly useful for Pesach (or other) kashering needs, and the catalytic ovens are not the same in this regard. Although one may rely on the lenient views re kashering a conventional oven, pyrolytic is ideal for one who can afford the luxury.
Modern ovens have sophisticated electronic circuitry which frequently makes them unsuitable for Shabbos use. Yom Tov too, to a great extent. The Fedtech people ( have useful info on this, but the bottom line is that modern ovens are great for 6 days a week. Problematic for Shabbos (and Yom Tov).
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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