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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where would you recommend I start with regards to learning some of Rambam’s works?
I was temped to get a good commentary on Moreh Navuchim, but equally I could start on Mishneh Torah – I’m just not sure what is accessible and how best to go about it.
Thanks
Moshie

Dear Moshie,
Moreh Nevuchim is quite a challenging text, translated from Medieval Judeo-Arabic. Probably not the best place to begin.
Mishneh Torah is Rambam’s magnum opus. Of the 14 books, the first, Mada’, is fascinating. The first section is called Fundamentals of the Torah – a logical starting-off point. There are translations and commentaries available, as well as an accessible Hebrew elucidation.
Rambam also wrote a number of fascinating Introductions, including to his Commentary on the Mishneh, Mishneh Torah, and Pirkei Avot (known as Shemoneh Perakim).These may also be choice selections with which to begin.
I am happy to discuss this further if you would like.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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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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