The Ezras Torah Luach (in the obvious place) says that horseradish is the best way to fulfill the mitzva of maror.

I've seen answers on this site that say the opposite: horseradish is a very bedieved option.

What is Ezras Torah's reasoning?

  • Likely they are talking about a place where noninfested lettuce is unavailable. It might be their opinion that the USA is such a place. Obviously others might differ.
    – Double AA
    Apr 10, 2017 at 17:44
  • Perhaps they refer to horseradish leaves? That's not as hard to justify as the root
    – Double AA
    Apr 10, 2017 at 17:58
  • @DoubleAA they refer to it as chrein. I don't speak Yiddish, but my understanding is that that word is generally used for the ground root?
    – Heshy
    Apr 10, 2017 at 18:01
  • Wow! Beats me! Chrein, as far as I know, is horseradish root. I don't know anyone in U.S. that's eating the leaves - certainly not with gefilte fish. My surmisal - Ezras Torah may have had it's minhagim originating from Eastern Europe where romaine lettuce was probably not as readily available. In the U.S., when I was a child, I know of no one who used romaine lettuce for maror - even the most stringent / Hassidim. (My family is not Hassidc, per se, but follow Vishnitz minhag. They all ate horseradish.) Perhaps, E.T. hasn't adapted their text or rules much since 35 - 40 years ago.
    – DanF
    Apr 10, 2017 at 18:39


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