Should a Ger Tzedek (Convert to Judaism) recite Yizkor?

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Am I allowed or obligated or encouraged to say Yizkor for my dad? What would be your advice?
Many thanks,
Jay

Hi Jay
Thank you for your Question. In view of the wording of the Yizkor prayer my feeling is that it is not appropriate for you to say Yizkor. However it would be a nice idea to give tzedakah in his memory before or immediately after yom tov. If you prefer to stay (rather than stepping out) for Yizkor you may do so. You can learn, read or recite tehillim during the few minutes while others are reciting the yizkor prayer.
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?
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Tzippy
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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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