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Is a Tortillah considered lechem (bread), pas habab'knisin (cake/cracker/pie which assumes the status of bread AIUI when one "makes it a seudah"), or is it a stam mezunos? I haven't seen it explicitly mentioned on the various b'rachos lists.

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related (slightly): judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/15210/… – Menachem Jul 26 '12 at 0:34
Does it matter that lafa and pita are baked whilst tortillas are fried? – user6922 Aug 26 '14 at 0:17
@flatbread tortillas are not fried. They are baked on a dry heated surface. – Double AA Aug 26 '14 at 3:21

Are you asking about wheat or corn flour tortillahs?

Wheat flour tortillas are essentially a flat bread, a bit thinner than pitas. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flour_tortilla ) . I see no reason that their bracha should be anything other than HaMotzi as they do not fit into any of the definitions of Pas HaBa'ah B'Kisanin.

Corn flour tortillas are made with corn meal ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_tortilla ) and like anything made with corn meal (such as corn chips or tortilla chips) their bracha is Shehakol.

I do not have written sources for you on these exact items, but based on basic Hilchos Berachos" these are the correct berachos for these two items.

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I guess I was thinking more of flour tortillas, but corn tortillas often contain wheat flour as well which it seems to me would complicate things. There is a makloches, as I understand it, between Ashkenazi poskim and Sefardic poskim about the status of matzah (excluding Pesach) so it strikes me at least as plausible that this would effect the status of wheat tortillas ( perhaps even for Ashkenazim?) Just speculating. – Yirmeyahu May 17 '10 at 5:10
(Modern day) Matzah is a brittle cracker and for the majority of the year is considered by the Sefaradim to be Pas HaBaah Bikisanin. Wheat tortillas are soft and foldable and are no different than a Lafah or Pita. Someone may disagree and I would love to hear why. – Yahu May 17 '10 at 18:43
And if it is a corn tortilla made with wheat flour, one must determine the purpose of the wheat flour to decide what bracha to make. – Yahu May 17 '10 at 18:47
My Sephardi rabbi suggested to me that soft matzah (like you can get from softmatza.com) might be Hamotzi year round. – Chanoch May 21 '10 at 14:13
Might be? If I'm not mistaken the discussion of mezonos on matzah is only discussed regarding hard matzos. – Yahu May 21 '10 at 16:34

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