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In a personal conversation, Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky said that they do not have "tzuras hapas" (the form of bread) and are therefore mezonos. Rabbi Bodner once showed R' Elyashiv a tortilla and he said that it did have tzuras hapas. (There are other factors that could nonetheless make it not Hamotzi, but R' Bodner did not ask about them). I was actually just ...


The Bach in O.C. Siman 167 has a nice explanation of this. He starts by pointing out that the word "hamotzi" is the preferred word for the blessing, even though the word "motzi" would suffice, because "hamotzi" implies both past and future tense (Berachos 38a). The intent, he says, is both on this bread which came out of the ground, and on the bread that ...

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