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Dear Rabbi Simon
Can you please answer a question for me: How strict is the ‘no lamb on Pesach’ idea?
Sarah wants to serve her meatballs at Seder which are made from a lamb and beef mince mix. And I would like to serve lamb chops at a Hol ha-Mo’ed barbecue. Are these allowed?

Dear Elchanan
Lamb for Hol ha-Mo’ed is a succulent idea. Hopefully the weather will be a lot warmer then than it is at the moment.
WRT lamb at the Seder, the minhag (recorded in Sh”A OH 476:1 and M”B 1) is to refrain from roasted meat. The reason for this is to avoid the appearance of eating (or replicating) the actual Paschal Lamb, which is not acceptable until the beit ha-mikdash is rebuilt. But roasted and then cooked (in water or sauce), even lamb, is allowed. So if this formula works for Sarah’s plans, I am sure it will be delectable.
Hag kasher ve-same’ah
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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