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.

  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27356
    – Fred
    Mar 24, 2014 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, 2014 at 3:10
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    @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, 2014 at 3:36
  • Soft matzah for everyone! And kitniyos too...Really...
    – Yehoshua
    Apr 22, 2016 at 1:30
  • @Tatpurusha I've talked to a rov who doesn't personally eat gebrokts (although it's because of family minhag, not medayikdus) and who is lenient on soft matzah
    – SAH
    May 10, 2016 at 8:30

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Rav Herschel Schachter wrote a Teshuvah several years ago that Ashkenazim may eat soft Matzah, which made some waves. There was controversy not from the Teshuvah, but from some individuals claiming that he was endorsing something specific, which he clarified later he was not doing. See here* for a discussion of the issues, including his Teshuvah presented and explained a bit near the end, along with some other, related opinions about it.

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    also here: parsha.blogspot.com/2008/02/soft-matza.html Mar 25, 2014 at 1:20
  • Does anyone know if the OU (for which RHS is a posek) does any Hashgacha on Matza?
    – Double AA
    Mar 25, 2014 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, 2014 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. Mar 26, 2014 at 3:59
  • @joshwaxman do you have a good permalink to R' Schachter's Teshuvah?
    – Seth J
    Apr 30, 2023 at 18:30

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