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The Rama in 460:4 writes that one should make thin matzos and the Mishna Brurah 16 writes it should be thin. Rav Nebontzol (in his notes on the Mishna Brurah) points out the Be'er Heitiv 8 which writes the custom is to make it an etzbah thick, yet Rav Nebontzol writes further that such is not our custom; he adds that Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach held the custom of the Ashkenazim is to make the matzah as thin as possible.

Which Ashkenazic Poskim allow the soft* type of matzah for Pesach? Even though it may fit the requirement of the Rama, does one need a special mesorah to eat the this soft type of matza?

I know many people who would not eat it on Pesach, and certainly not for the mitzvah.

*Definition of the soft matzah: it is around a half inch thick and is soft.

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27356 –  Fred Mar 24 at 2:23
My suspicion is that poskim who are medayik about gebruchts are going to forbid or at least frown on soft matzoh while those who are unconcerned with gebruchts are going to permit it. –  Tatpurusha Mar 24 at 3:10
@Tatpurusha I would guess that those poskim who think wearing the clothes that happened to be popular in Poland constitutes a minhag will also think that baking the matza the way they happened to do it in Poland would constitute a minhag. –  Double AA Mar 24 at 3:36
Rav Shlomo,Zalman was not from poland –  sam Mar 24 at 3:49
@sam nor did he forbid gebrokhts. Anyway, Poland was lav davka and you knew that. –  Double AA Mar 24 at 4:11

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Rav Herschel Schachter has written a Teshuvah that Ashkenazim may eat soft Matzah. See here* for a discussion of his Teshuvah and some follow-up questions and answers about it.

*Be advised that this is taken from a commercial site selling a product under the umbrella of "approved by Rav Schachter". It is, however, a real Teshuvah, and the discussion that follows there appears to be legitimate.

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Does anyone know if the OU (for which RHS is a posek) does any Hashgacha on Matza? –  Double AA Mar 25 at 14:30
@DoubleAA, hard or soft? There is hard Matzah bearing an OU, but I don't know if they are the original overseers or just provide their stamp to someone else's oversight. –  Seth J Mar 25 at 14:56
the link from my post goes to softmatza.com where I asked Rabbi Ben Chaim if the person behind it is trustworthy. –  josh waxman Mar 26 at 3:59

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