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There is a common practice not to eat matzah preceding Pesach, either on erev Pesach or in the weeks before. The reason for this is so that matzah will be eaten on the Seder night with gusto.

Faced with a choice of different matzah brands, at different price points, Shlomo has acquired a sampling of matzah brands — broken pieces from people he knows. He wants to conduct a taste test, to see whether certain brands taste like cardboard or if they are tasty. Then, he will go to the store and buy more for himself and his family. Finally, he'll be able to eat the matzah on the Seder night with gusto.

Is this permitted, because of the ultimate aim? Or is it prohibited, because it goes against his established custom?

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  • I would say it is ok as it supports the purpose of the minhag. In any event compare to shulchanarukh.alhatorah.org/Full/Orach_Chayyim/567.1#e0n6
    – Nahum
    Commented Apr 11 at 18:54
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    For the record, refraining from masah on 'erebh Pesah is not just minhag (custom): אכילת מצה בערב פסח. The Rambam goes so far as to say that one is liable for makath marduth (lashes for rebelliousness) if one does consume it. Commented Apr 11 at 23:37
  • +1 interesting, thanks. I'd read the Talmudic phrasing otherwise, but good to know how various rishonim take it. Commented Apr 11 at 23:46
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    Based on Yechaveh Daat 3:26, Chazon Ovadia Pesach Page 201, Rav Ovadia brings many Rishonim who say that Shlomo can rely on those opinions who hold that one can eat matzah that was not לשם מצוה before Pesach and taste which ever matzah he chooses. Practically I think Shlomo can do this by going to any matzah factory and asking them if they have any matzah that was made not לשם מצוה (and I'll add, any matzah that they made which passed the 18 minute mark). I know this doesnt really answer the question, but its a solution :) Commented Apr 12 at 0:05
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    Right, but you get the point, if they mess up and have matzah baked more than 22 minutes it would work as well Commented Apr 12 at 1:37

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