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Questions tagged [matzah]

The (usually flat and cracker-like) bread that it's (usually) a mitzvah to eat on Pesach.

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In Exodus, when exactly they “could not delay” until the dough was leavened?

THe Torah says (Ex 12,39): וַיֹּאפוּ אֶת־הַבָּצֵק אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִיאוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם עֻגֹת מַצּוֹת כִּי לֹא חָמֵץ כִּי־גֹרְשׁוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לְהִתְמַהְמֵהַּ וְגַם־צֵדָה לֹא־עָשׂוּ לָהֶם׃ ...
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When does the 18 minute limit for dough to become chametz end?

I know that the 18 minute thing is up for debate (time for 1 mil, whether continually working dough can indefinitely extend it, temperature dependence etc.), but at what part of the process can a ...
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Eating matzah on the second day of erev Pesach

I don't have all the sources and grounding for the various suppositions I am going to present so I apologize -- I fear I can't put this question into proper words: We refrain from eating matzah (at ...
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Can Pesach Mitzvot be performed before sunset?

I had an argument with a friend about when you can perform the Pesach seder mitzvot of eating a kezayit of shmurah matzah and drinking four glasses of wine (beginning with kiddush). My friend said ...
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Why does typical commercial machine shemurah matza taste different than regular machine matza?

Shemurah matza has several more stringent requirements over regular matza: it has to be guarded for longer, and the people making it have in mind that it's for the mitzvah of eating matza on the night ...
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How does Rashi's explanation of Gen. 19:3 work?

In Parashat Vayera, we read that Lot gives the angels matzah (19:3). Rashi's explanation for this detail is that it was Pesach. The connection between matzah and Pesach is obvious, but I am confused ...
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Did the Israelites leave Egypt in haste or not?

(1) The Talmud says: "[It was also taught in the baraita]: On Rosh HaShana our forefathers’ slavery in Egypt ceased. [From where is this known?] It is written : “And I will bring you out from under ...
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If one is noder hana'ah from something which sometimes is obligatory and sometimes is not, is the neder binding?

Let's say I make a neder not to benefit from the five grains - wheat, barley, rye, oat(?), and spelt. These are the only grains which can be used for Matzah on Pesach (Pesachim 35b). Assuming that a ...
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Does other food combine to a c'beitza for the bracha of netilas yadayim?

It's a well known halacha that if one intends to eat less than a k'zais of bread then one doesn't make a bracha on al netilas yadayim. This comes up sometimes on Pesach when there's not enough Matzah ...
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Is there a different baking process for whole wheat or other grain matzot?

Inspired by this question, I am curious if whole wheat matzot involve a different baking process than white flour matzot? Most of the matza production uses white flour. I have read and heard that the ...
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White or wheat? Matzah on Pesach (Passover)

Matzah on Pesach can be made from white (refined) or whole grain wheat (or any of the other allowed grains). Did our ancestors typically bake with refined or whole grain wheat? Were the first matzah ...
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Mechanics of making matza on Pesach

When making matzah at home during the Pesach week, is it correct that one needs to ensure that not only is the matzah itself completed in 18 minutes, but also that all the utensils and bowls are ...
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Discarding matzas according to Jewish law

Where I work has a no-gifts policy, however someone unknown deposited two new boxes of matza in the waiting-room. Is there a proper way to deal with these following Jewish law? None of us can use ...
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Gebrocht: how does an old person eat matza on seder night

If someone (e.g old people) can't eat a kzais (about 20 grams according to volume) of matza on seder night (within the required amount of time of about 4-9 min) because its too dry, then one usually ...
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Children eating Matzah on Erev Pesach

Is it permitted for children to eat Matzah on Erev Pesach? Does it matter whether they will be awake for the Seder or not?
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Becoming Chametz at 18 mins

According to the Talmud Pesachim 46a, a non-leavened dough should show signs of Chimutz within a shiur of walking a Mil (or 4 Mil according to the Yerushalmi), which is 18 to 24 minutes. Similarly if ...
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Yoshon Hand Matzo

According to a recent bulletin from Y. Herman's Guide to Chodosh: CAUTION ON MATZOS FOR PESACH Last year we noted that spring wheat flour is being added to winter wheat flour in the production ...
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Is there a halachic preference order to the grains used for matzot?

My understanding is that there are 5 grains that may be used for fulfilling the mitzvah of matzah at the seder: wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt. In U.S., the majority of matzot sold are made from ...
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Are chemically leavened crackers kosher for Passover? [duplicate]

I’ve been invited to a home Seder this month, and would like to bring something. Someone suggested I bring some unleavened crackers. I was raised Jewish, but never kept kosher, or even observed the ...
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Why on the pesach seder do we eat the matzo which represents freedom before we eat the maror which represents slavery?

Why on the pesach seder do we eat the matzah which represents freedom before we eat the maror which represents slavery?
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At the seder, (why) must we eat from three specific matzot rather than any?

The haggadah instructs us to eat specific matzot from the three on the plate at different times in the seder. Haggadot I've seen offer various explanations of the symbolism, and seem to treat these ...
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Measuring the time of eating (c'dei achilas pras)

I once saw written in a "alon" (given out in shuls before Shabbos) that in regards to eating matzah that it has to be done in the amount of time that is "c'dei achilas pras" -- that this time begins ...
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Can one use mongrammed matzot for the Seder?

At Kosherfest this year, a company introduced a line of monogrammed matzot. From the description the owner says: We’re a 75-year-old ink manufacturer, we make edible inks as well as kosher inks, ...
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If one is allergic to bread, what should he do for Challah and Matzah? [duplicate]

Let's say that someone is allergic to bread. All five grains. Not fatally, but enough that it causes a serious allergic reaction (say, to a degree that he would be allowed to take medicine on Shabbos)....
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Would leavened bread made from matzo meal be kosher for Passover?

Flour which is wet for 18 or more minutes is considered to be "leavened", and therefore chametz. However, though there's some disagreement, this restriction is generally not applied to matzo, or food ...
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If Shabbat falls immediately after Pesach, what could Sephardim use for Hamotzi on Shabbat?

If Matzah is mezonot for some Sepharadim, and Shabbat were to fall immediately after Pesach, what could such Sephardim use for hamotzi on Shabbat, given the obligation of lechem mishneh? One could not ...
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Why didn't we prepare bread in Mitzrayim the night before?

Why didn't Klal Yisrael prepare any bread the night before they left Mitzrayim? The pasuk in Shemos (12:39) as translated by mechon-mamre writes, וַיֹּאפוּ אֶת-הַבָּצֵק אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִיאוּ ...
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Is it ever correct to make the bracha of “mezonos” during Passover? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Why are matzos circular?

It seems universally we make hand matzos circular and machine matzos square. I'm assuming the reason for square machine matzos is to distinguish them from hand ones and also because it is more ...
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Dream - Eating matzah [closed]

Does anyone know what it means if you dream about eating matzah? My Shabbat dream this afternoon was that my sister and I were eating matzah. We each took a piece. Thank you.
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Which sefiros does each seder matzah correspond to according to the Ari?

The Ari says regarding the Pesach seder, (I'm not sure of the exact source though), "Arrange the Plate on the table by taking three matzahs and placing them one on the other: First the Israelite [...
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May Passover matzoh be made from durum wheat flour and then reground as meal for Italian pasta?

Italian pasta is generally made from durum wheat (semolina) flour. Wheat is one of the grains from which Passover matzoh can be made. Normally matzoh is baked at high heat from flour and water only, ...
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Could you bake matzah during Passover?

This is a theoretical question, I have no plans to bake my own Matza. But could you get flour and make Kosher Matza DURING Pessah (any time during the whole week)? Is there a law against it, if it's ...
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When did the Jewish people knead the dough that they took out of Egypt?

The Jewish people took dough out of Egypt with them. See Shemos 12 (39) which says “They baked the dough that they had taken out of Egypt as unleavened cakes, for it had not leavened, for they ...
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What does a kefula look like?

I've seen discussion of the need to check matzah for kefulos--particular types of folds (Mishnah Berurah 461:35)--before Pesach. However, I'm having trouble finding a good guide to what a kefula in ...
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Do we need to check for nefuchos in our matzah today?

We are not supposed to eat matzoh that contains a nefucha (a "swollen" part/air bubble) bigger than a hazelnut. I'm not entirely sure of the reasons, but it is discussed in Mishna Berura 461:34. ...
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What cracks disqualify a Shmurah Matzah as whole?

What cracks disqualify a hand-baked (typically Shmurah) Matzah as whole for the purposes of lechem mishneh and the Seder? I've been told that: Cracks in the center of the matzah that do not reach ...
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Do any Ashkenazim restrict making hamotzi on dry matzah to meals?

i was reading this article that posited something i had never heard before. The article claimed that according to Sephardic opinions, hard cracker like matzah wasn't considered bread and therefore one ...
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why only 2 matzos used for seder by the Vilna Gaon

Why did the Vilna Gaon only use 2 matzos for his seder? The Rif also did that-- why?
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“Shmubrokhts” - Gebrokhts vs. Shmurah matzot during the week

While shopping in my local store last year during Hol Hamo'ed, I saw a brand of cakes called "shmubrokhts". Being curious about this interesting name, I realized that this was essentially gebrokhts ...
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Maharil and Terumat haDeshen: Mayim Shelanu

Inspired by this question. I have heard a machloket in the names of the Maharil and the Terumat haDeshen about the source for mayim shelanu. While the details were given, the sources were not. The ...
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Mayim shelanu history?

The water used to bake Matzah must be mayim shelanu—water that had been drawn in the evening and left to cool overnight. What is the halachic background for this requirement?
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Is there a required minimum oven temperature for baking matzah? [closed]

Are there halachically required minimum temperatures for baking matzah? This Jewish instructional websites says they should be baked at "extremely high temperatures" such as "600° to 800° F". ...
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Where did the myth that the *entire* matza process must be done in under 18 minutes come from?

I've been going over the halakhoth for baking matzah, and even though I hear from almost every Rabbi I've asked that the entire process must be done in under 18 minutes, I can't find any evidence for ...
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What are the different opinions on “shmura matzah” and where can they be found?

There seems to be lots of different opinions on what constitutes "shmura matzah," although most websites (and local Rabbeim) treat the most stringent opinion as the only opinion. There is a website ...
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Details of Matzah Oven [closed]

i've been looking for a valid oven to use to bake a soft laffa style Matzah. This is not easy as you can't make those things in a typical western oven, and to buy an oven for that purpose is quite ...
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Alright you Yemenites or Mizrahim out there! Matzah Recipe?

Looking for information on how Yemenites or other Mizrahim bake Matzah. How much flour to water, how hot does the oven get? Does it have to go to the oven within 18 minutes, or does that only matter ...
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Questions regarding selling “mitzvah” items to Christians for use in their Church service

My understanding is that one is not aloud to intentionally sell anything to an oved avodah zarah ("idol worshipper") if he knows that he will use that item for his idol worshipping purpose. There are ...
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Cream cheese on matza - gebrochts

What are the halachic or minhag issues in eating matza with spreads like cream cheese? Many people have written in various posts that they keep gebrochts and put, for example, cream cheese on matza.
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How did our forefathers bake the dough they took out of Egypt? Would it qualify as matzo now?

Shmos 12 (39) says: “They baked the dough that they had taken out of Egypt as unleavened cakes, for it had not leavened, for they were driven out of Egypt, and they could not tarry, and also, ...