The bracha "bora m'nai mezonot" is usually said over food made from the five grains (wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt) that is not bread. I have heard people say that one should never say this bracha during Pesach because we do not eat or even own any of these foods except for matzah. I am not sure that this inference is true 100% of the time. Are there any cases when one should say this bracha during Passover?

A few possibilities that you could confirm or deny (feel free to use other examples):

  • Egg matzah (allowable for Sephardim and Ashkenazi children) is made with apple juice instead of water. At the seder, a Sephardi would say "ha motzi" because the day takes precedence, but maybe not on chol ha moed or on the seventh and eighth day of the festival.

  • A very small amount of matzah might not be enough to make a ha motzi on.

  • If one used matzo meal to make chremslach (matzo-meal pancakes), the result is similar to a flour pancake that one would make a mezonot on the rest of the year.

It could be that the "never mezonos" statement holds up, but I would appreciate if it could be confirmed or shown to have exceptions.

  • If you don't hold of Gebrochts, also Matza balls. Apr 3, 2017 at 4:16
  • It could be that the "never mezonos" statement holds up Egg matzah Apr 3, 2017 at 4:17
  • It could be that the quote is from someone who's careful to not eat Gebrochts, which would make saying Mezonos hard, though it's not clear if there's Gebrochts by fruit-juice (some are careful, others not). Apr 3, 2017 at 4:18
  • Well, what about rice?
    – MTL
    Apr 3, 2017 at 4:28
  • @Shokhet Good example. I have no idea why we say mezonot on rice. If I don't find the answer, I will post that as another question.
    – Mike
    Apr 3, 2017 at 4:37

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As you yourself said, there are lots of possibilities to say Mezonos on Pesach - the classic matzo-balls are a great example.

Any cake made from matza-meal is mezonos.

Sefardim (and other) who eat Kitniyot also have rice as a mezonos during Pesach.

However, those who don't eat gebroks/shruya (i.e. those who don't ever let the Matza come in contact with water) and don't eat Kitniyos have no opportunity to say Mezonos on Pessach.
BTW: This custom was never heard of, nor documented, before the 1700's, apparently.


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