Close Shave

Dear Rabbi Simon I am aware that the halakhah forbids (a man) from shaving his face with a razor blade. For this reason, I always use an electric shaver. However a friend recently suggested that I can use a razor on my neck and throat. This sounds dangerous to me in more ways than one. What is the halakhah on…

Close Shave Part II

Hi Rabbi Simon Following on from last week’s “close shave” question. I have heard many different opinions on “some razors” are kosher because they scissors cut while others are not kosher. Is there a clear answer/hechsher that exists on which razor to use from a halachic perspective? Many thanks Grant Dear Grant I sort of expected this question, and you…

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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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