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Questions for the Nine Days

Dear Rabbi Simon I have a question about the first 9 days of the month of Av, leading to the fast of Tisha B’Av. Is one allowed to clip his nails during this time? Kind regards Avi Dear Avi Yes, you may. To explain: In general, there are grounds to be stringent during the week in which Tisha B’Av falls,…

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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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