The (usually flat and cracker-like) bread that it's (usually) a mitzvah to eat on Pesach.

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Matza on 14 Iyar

I have seen a custom (it seems to me primarily among Chassidim) to eat matza on 14 Iyar (known as Pesach Sheni). What is the earliest source for this custom? What are the reasons given for following ...
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When did Matza become dry?

It's pretty commonly accepted that Matza used to be soft (sort of like a tortilla) and was used by Hillel to make a wrap (not a sandwich). When did this change in various geographic locations which ...
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Soft Matzah for Ashkenazim

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 ...
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Is there anywhere that you can get round machine Matzos?

Hand Matzos always seem to be round, yet machine Matzohs seem to be square. Is there any company anywhere that produces round machine Matzos? Why not?
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Halachic status of kamut

Khorasan wheat, often known by one popular brand name thereof, KAMUT®, is an ancient grain that is related to modern-day wheat, but has a number of differences. Does it have the halachic status of ...
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18 minute Matzah?

Are there sources EXPLAINING why we have to make matzah within 18 minutes? I understand having a time limit if in fact the reason we eat matzah is to reenact the speed which we left Egypt (that ...
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Why do we say Pesach seder brachot both nights?

During the Pesach seder, but not during the rest of Pesach, we say b'rachot for the mitzvot of matzah and maror. (I mean the "asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav" b'rachot.) So it seems that we are only ...
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What cracks disqualify a Shmurah Matzah as whole?

What cracks disqualify a hand-baked (typically Shmurah) Matzah as whole for the purposes of lechem mishneh and the Seder? I've been told that: Cracks in the center of the matzah that do not reach ...
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Is one allowed to make Kneidlach when the last day of Pesach is Shabbos?

According to those who eat Gebrotz only on the last day of Pesach, is one allowed to make Mazta balls when the last day of Pesach is Shabbos? On a normal year, one can cook and eat Gebrotz on the ...
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Source for not eating Matzah prior to פסח?

Thanks to this question I am compelled to ask: What is the source for not eating Matzah prior to פסח? Is there a source for not eating it for 30 days prior?
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Where did the myth that the *entire* matza process must be done in under 18 minutes come from?

I've been going over the halakhoth for baking matzah, and even though I hear from almost every Rabbi I've asked that the entire process must be done in under 18 minutes, I can't find any evidence for ...
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matzah = mezonos or hamotzi

What is the reasoning of the 2 different minhagim (traditions) on what bracha to say on matzah when its not Peasach?
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Matzah eruvin on erev Pesach

An eruv allows Jews to carry within a semi-public space on Shabbat. The space must be bounded by walls and must meet several detailed requirements. The eruv must consist of food for a meal for the ...
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The Passover and Yeast

What are the regulations concerning the passover ceremony and the use of yeast in bread? Is eating bread made without yeast significant and meant to represent anything in particular? Does this ...
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How do I bake my own matza?

I'd really like to bake matza by hand. I know that it's impractical and inadvisable to try doing it on my own, but I hear that groups of people go to matza factories to do it. How do I find such a ...
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Why doesn't “This is the bread of our affliction” answer one of the Mah Nishtana?

One of the questions (examples?) in the Mah Nishtana is why on all other nights we eat leavened bread or matzah and tonight (Passover) we only eat matzah. However in the introduction to the seder we ...
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Is a machine written sefer torah distinguishable from Machine Matzos

The Jewish University in Berlin has developed a machine written quill* on parchment Sefer Torah. The report from the BBC takes it for granted that such a Sefer Torah is posul because it lacks the ...
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A Leaning dilemma

If I forgot to lean at the time to eat Matzah, I am required by Halacha to eat it again. If when I am going to re-eat it in order to do the leaning my Rebbi Muvhak walks in, what do I do? You don't ...
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Can leftover shmurah matzot from one year be used the following year?

I had this discussion with a fellow shul member. He has a box of shmurah matzot that he left in the closet from last year. When he opened it up, recently he noticed that they were stale. He says that ...
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What is it about egg matzos that makes them forbidden to Ashkenazim?

On boxes of Manischewitz Egg Matzos, you will find markings that say "Kosher for Passover" and also "According to Ashkenazic practice, all egg matzo may be eaten only by the young, infirm, or aged. ...
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How to explain Matzah Shemurah in 18 minutes

(Not to be confused with this question) How can one explain Matzah to a curious colleague in under 18 minutes? So far I have been asked: Why does it need to be extra watched? (I've shown her Sh. ...
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When was matzah eaten besides for Pesach? (Chametz u'matza)

The first of four questions specifically says, "On all other nights we eat chametz or matza, why on this night only matza?" While I understand that it's halakhically acceptable to eat matzah when it ...
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Why do we quote the pasuk from Pesach Sheni for Korech?

At the seder, by Korech (the sandwich) we state So did Hillel do. When the Temple was standing he would bind [meat from the} Pesach [offering] Matzah and Marror and eat them as one. As the verse ...
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Bracha on Cooked Matza

Plain matza on pesach is Hamotzi. Fully cooked matza (eg. Keneidels) is Mezonot. What about these in between cases: Fried matza ("Matza Brei") Chicken soup with crushed matza ("Matza Farfel") Matza ...
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Why are there different phrasings of Korban Pesach accompaniments?

In Parshas Bo (Exodus 12:8) it says about the Korban Pesach: וְאָכְלוּ אֶת-הַבָּשָׂר, בַּלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה: צְלִי-אֵשׁ וּמַצּוֹת, עַל-מְרֹרִים יֹאכְלֻהוּ. And they shall eat the flesh in that ...
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Permissibility of making Matzah by frying

Does anyone know of an opinion permitting Matzah to be cooked in a skillet(instead of being baked in an oven), and if so under what circumstances?
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Chabad custom of not allowing water to touch matzah on Pesach

What is the origin of this custom? This must be fairly recent and "Lubavitch-specific", because my grandparents, who were very observant, always had matzah ball soup and fried matzah with eggs for ...
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matza significance

I would like to know the meaning of the three matzot and why only the middle one is broken.
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How can two contradictory ideas exist in Matzah?

מצה embodies two ideas: poor man’s bread (slavery) and free man’s bread (the bread that was made in haste when they left Egypt). These ideas seem to contradict one another; how can they both exist in ...
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Eating faux-Matza Before Pesach

Mishna Berura 471:2:12 says there are those that do not eat Matza starting Rosh Chodesh Nissan. May one eat Matza that is Chometz?
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Must one be able to taste the matzah?

It says in the Gemorah Pesachim Daf 115a: אמר רבינא אמר לי רב משרשיא בריה דרב נתן הכי אמר הלל משמיה דגמרא לא ניכרוך איניש מצה ומרור בהדי הדדי וניכול משום דסבירא לן מצה בזמן הזה דאורייתא ומרור ...
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Machine shmurah whole-wheat matza?

Usually in the store I can find machine-made shmurah matzah, and machine-made whole-wheat matza, but never machine-made whole-wheat shmurah matzah. Does anyone know if such a product is available, and/...
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“Motzi Matzah” or “Motzi and Matzah” (separately)? Passover Seder

In some haggadot, I have seen the numbers of sections as being 14, with Motzi Matzah being combined, and in other haggadot, I have seen 15 with them separated. What is the reason behind each side?
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Gefiltah Fish Erev Pesach [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Matzah meal before פסח You are not allowed to eat Matzah on erev Pesach as we should have an appetite for the Matazah at the Seder my question is what if you have a food ...
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Matzah meal before פסח

On the subject of not eating Matzah before פסח, may one eat products containing Matzah meal in that time?
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What kind of matza should I buy? [closed]

So many different kinds of matza, what should I buy?
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Can rice flour be processed the same as Matza for those who don't eat Kitniyos?

I know rice is Kitniyos. Yet, if one can make Matza with ingredients that have potential to become Chametz, one should be allowed to make it from Kitniyos ingredients. Does anyone make it and if not, ...
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Two Matzos at the Seder

Many Hagados show an option of using only 2 Matzos at the Seder as Nusach HaGra. Does anyone still do only 2 Matzos?
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Is chimutz a wholly physical phenomenon?

The gemara seems to imply that chametz is not a concern with flour mixed with fruit juice. Indeed, amongst other effects, sugars (which are present in fruit juice) slow gluten development. However, ...
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Sephardi Matza - Is it available commercially?

Is there anywhere to purchase Sephardi Matzos commercially in the USA?
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Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?

The meal offerings in the Temple (that were unleavened – matzo) were kneaded with lukewarm water Rambam Maaseh Hakorbonos - Chapter 12 Halocho 21 despite the fact that this accelerates leavening. We ...
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Matzah the entire week

Is it the Vilna Gaon who maintains that it is a mitzvah to eat matzah (to eat matzah, in addition to abstaining from chametz) every day and night during the week of Passover, or somebody else? The ...
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Do we need to check for nefuchos in our matzah today?

We are not supposed to eat matzoh that contains a nefucha (a "swollen" part/air bubble) bigger than a hazelnut. I'm not entirely sure of the reasons, but it is discussed in Mishna Berura 461:34. ...
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Alright you Yemenites or Mizrahim out there! Matzah Recipe?

Looking for information on how Yemenites or other Mizrahim bake Matzah. How much flour to water, how hot does the oven get? Does it have to go to the oven within 18 minutes, or does that only matter ...
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Story of Pesach during 2nd year in desert - Where did they get the dough for matzot?

Rashi on Exodus 16:1:1: בחמשה עשר יום. נתפרש היום של חניה זו, לפי שבו ביום כלתה החררה שהוציאו ממצרים והצרכו למן, למדנו שאכלו משירי הבצק [משירי המצה] ששים ואחת סעודות, : Summary: The Torah ...
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Four cups of wine, but no matzah!

At the seder, the third cup of wine is drunk after Birkat Hamazon. If a person has plenty of wine, but no matzah (and hence no Birkat Hamazon), should he still drink the third cup of wine? If so, ...
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Where do matza bakers find flour that's definitely never gotten wet?

Matzah sold as Shmurah means that Jews were present from the time of harvesting, making sure that the grain stayed dry and didn't become chametz, and intending for the purpose of the mitzva of matzah. ...
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When did the Ashkenazi custom to NOT bake matza on Pesach start?

Historically, when did the Ashkenazi custom to not bake matza on Pesach start? I am specifically interested in when this custom arose, rather than the reasons/opions pro/against.
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Matzah Shemurah on the 8th day of Pesaḥ (in the Diaspora)

According to those who hold that there is a Kiyyum Mitzvath 'Aseh DeOraitha (a fulfillment of a positive Biblical commandment) every time one eats a KeZayith (olive size's worth) of Matzah on Pesaḥ, ...
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What are “18 minute” matzot?

From my understanding, the dough becomes chametz if it is not baked within 18 minutes. So, aren't all matzot 18 minutes? Like the words of the seder, what makes the "18 minute" matzot different from ...