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Dear Rabbi,

Am I allowed to take “natural” sleep supplements , etc, containing stearic acids? Lauren

Dear Lauren,

If you find the supplements useful, you may take them. Stearic acids may or may not come from an animal source, but they are likely nullified in the tablet (the amount in each table in negligible), and add no taste.

Rabbi 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?
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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