Sheimos in Kesher (Shabbos Project) ROOTED booklet

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Dear Rabbi Simon
G-d’s name appears in pages 22 and 46 in the ROOTED booklet, so these pages are sheimos [ie should be disposed of respectfully and not simply discarded].  I have not checked the other pages. I suggest that you inform the Kehillah to ensure that these pages are treated appropriately (they need to go into a geniza) if users don’t want to keep the material.

Dear Ronnie,
Thank you for your observation. I can see that you have read the kehillah publication carefully. (I am sure you noticed your own Quiz Questions and thought-provoking Discussion Points too [pp. 33-4].) You will see that we have included a note about respect for words of Torah on the inside cover. While one can justify simply placing the booklet in the recycling bin (as opposed to general refuse), it is best to place it in a bag first. The best is to isolate the references you have pointed out and to place them in an actual sheimos repository.
In light of the several options mentioned, I feel we can rely on the notice referred to above to alert the recipient/reader to the words of Torah within. Nevertheless, I am sharing our correspondence in the Ask the Rabbi column for the interest of all our readers!
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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