Staying out of hot water?

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Dear Rabbi Simon.
I wanted to consult with you about the halakhic aspects of something. At the synagogue of which I am the chairman we are due to replace a tap in the toilet. I am concerned that the current proposal of a single mixer tap is not a good idea as it would mix potentially hot/cold water, activate the boiler that is required for heating, etc. I assume that a single tap with two levers would be OK. Any suggestions? I am happy to discuss if it is a nuanced answer.
Kind regards

Dear Shabbetai
TY for your practical question.
You are definitely correct that two levers is the way to go. A single lever can very easily lead to inadvertent Shabbat desecration if it is not carefully moved fully to the right every time, to utilise only cold water. A public building such as a shul should not rely on the astuteness (not to mention Shabbat observance) of every user (children and adults alike) to avoid utilising the hot water, which (as a rule) is definitely not allowed on Shabbat. (Note that I am not saying that such a tap should be avoided in one’s home. But it is not appropriate for a public location used on Shabbat.)
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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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.
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