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?


Shulchan Aruch 461:2 refers to an "ilfas," which is a kind of wide pan used for baking. The SA rules that it needs to be pre-heated before use. Actually, the Menachos in the Beis Hamikdash, which had to be matzah, were baked in pans. So it is definitely possible. But whether it is allowed l'maaseh is an entirely different story.

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    Should we be commenting on whether or not it would not be "allowed" LeMa'aseh? Wouldn't a better question be whether it is possible LeMa'aseh? If nobody has done it in centuries (and I don't know that that's the case), it might not be possible to ensure that one does it correctly. There might be some level of training under competent supervision that would be advisable over the course of the year (or several years) before one can be comfortable doing it for Pesah. But who is the one doing the "allowing"? It's a matter of whether or not one does it correctly 'Al Pi Halachah. – Seth J Apr 15 '11 at 19:22
  • My understanding of the "lifas" was that it was bowl shaped object which was heated, and then inverted so that things were baked beneath it. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Apr 16 '11 at 17:35
  • @mekubal - actually the full phrase is "ilfas b'lo mayim." Clearly the reference is to a pan being used in the ordinary, right-side-up way, just without water. – Dave Apr 17 '11 at 2:08
  • That's what I would have thought, but the Arukh HaShulchan says differently. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Apr 17 '11 at 3:21
  • @mekubal - are we talking about the same Aruch Hashulchan?? The one I have refers to a "machavas," which is unquestionably an ordinary frying pan. In fact, based on this AH I would say that the answer to your questions is yes, one may bake matzah in a pre-heated skillet without liquid. – Dave Apr 17 '11 at 14:28

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