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Dear Rabbi Simon
I was baking challah today and I became distracted and forgot to perform the mitzvah of hafrashat challah (separating the designated portion) from the dough. I only realised my oversight after the challot came out of the oven (gorgeous and begging to be tasted). Help! Can I still eat/serve/enjoy these challot?

Dear Donna
All is not lost! You may still perform the mitzvah of separating challah even once the dough has been baked into bread. Simply separate a ke-zayit [olive-size, about 30gm] of bread and recite the berachah in the usual way. Just leave out the final two words, min ha-‘iysa (“from the dough”), for reasons which are self-explanatory.
Enjoy and Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Rashi 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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