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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776
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Quinoa for Passover: Kashrut Debate or Power Struggle?

Star K says quinoa is kosher for Passover. The OU says it is not, and once again the principle of keeping a mitzvah is getting lost in the argument over who is in charge.
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The Talmud discusses a case in which one prepares one’s house on the night before Passover and then a weasel is suspected of having brought in a piece of bread from another house, or even into one’s city from another city.

The sages conclude there that it would an endless task to observe such stringency.

Apparently, it is not an endless task for some who wish to be more kosher than kosher and rule that a wind-swept seed of barely falling into a field of quinoa makes it prohibited on Passover.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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