Photo Taken on Shabbat

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
A small Shabbat question Shabbat: If a picture was taken by a Jew on Shabbat, is it verboten to enjoy it and share it with other Jews on a week day?

Dear Toby,
Strictly speaking in most cases this would be allowed, as the photographer may be presumed to have acted out of ignorance of or indifference to the laws of Shabbat rather than wilful defiance. Also the benefit of viewing the photo is indirect and/or intangible.
My concern might be if the photo was of Jewish people eg seder night, bar mitzvah in shul or similar. This strikes me as distasteful. Probably not forbidden, however.
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.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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