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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Could I have your thoughts please on how long one must keep names on davening lists for? I have several names of holim that aren’t recent, and I have no way of knowing if they still need my tefillot. Do you think I should continue to mention them in my prayers?
Many thanks in advance.

Dear Lisa,
Thank you for your question.
If you have no way of knowing if a particular person (whose name you have been including in your tefillot) is still in need of your prayers, I suggest that you may remove his/her name after 30 days. This does not mean that you should only pray for someone for 30 days max. I am referring only to a patient whose name you have, but you have no means of clarifying the status (or identity) of that person.
May Hashem hearken to all your prayers!
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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