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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    I heard that Modern-day descendants of Moranos bake matza on the first day of pesach and eat it on the second day to avoid the watchful inquisitors. Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 19:36
  • How do you such a custom exists?
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 22:04
  • See, for example, Mishnah Berurah, sefaria.org/… "והנה רוב ישראל אין נוהגין ליזהר אפילו במצת מצוה ללוש בע"פ"
    – Eli Lansey
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 23:10

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The Tur (14th century) writes (OC 458):

(translation mine)

ואני ראיתי בברצלונה מהמדקדקין שהיו אופין כל מה שצריכין למועד מקודם המועד שאם יתערב עמו משהו מחמץ שיתבטל קודם איסורו

And I saw in Barcelona among the particular who would bake all that they need for the Festival before the Festival, so that if a piece of chametz were to be mixed into it, it would be nullified before it became forbidden.

The Taz (17th century) adds that the Maharshal (16th century) also conducted himself like this. Ateres Zekeinim (17th century) also recommends doings this, based on the Tur.

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    Barcelona is definitely not in Ashkenaz
    – Double AA
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 3:20
  • That's not quite true: the tur was written in Spain. Moreover he isn't endorsing this custom or declaring it as existing let alone binding in Ashkenaz
    – Double AA
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 3:25
  • @DoubleAA Regardless it's a historical source for the custom, even if not Ashkenazi.
    – user9643
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 3:29
  • Even in Barcelona we see not everyone was doing it. It clearly wasn't even the custom there.
    – Double AA
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 3:31
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    @DoubleAA The Magen Avraham understands the Tur a little different than you: כתב הטור המדקדקים נוהגים לאפות הכל קודם פסח שאם יתערב עמו משהו חמץ יתבטל.
    – user9643
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 3:36

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