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Non-Jews can eat matzah in a shape or from, whenever they want, and with whichever other foods they may choose. (Note Orthodox Jewry does not consider a Reform conversion to be valid.) All matzah sold in stores has no inherent holiness. Therefore, while they can be used to perform the commandment of eating matzah on the first night of Passover, they can ...


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There are a number of foods which are holy in Jewish law, including: Any animal or part thereof dedicated to be a sacrifice, including the Korban Pesach (Paschal lamb) Lechem Hapanim ("showbread") Mincha offering Certain gifts to Kohanim (priests) - Terumah, Terumat Maaser (both from produce grown in Israel), Challah (portion of bread dough prepared by a ...


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Keep reading in the Mechilta (in this portion here). It cites this exposition explicitly. ושמרתם את המצות ר' יאשיה אומר, אל תקרא כן, אלא ושמרתם את המצות. ”Guard the Matzos.” R’ Yoshiya says, Don’t read thus, but rather “guard the Mitzvos.” As an aside, this exposition is quoted by Rashi to Shemos 12:17.


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The following is suggested by Rav Asher Weiss 1 al pi derush: There’s an astounding story described in the gemarra 2, a rendition of a conversation that will take place in the end of days. Hashem will so-to-speak approach our forefather Avraham, and tell him: “Your children have sinned.” Avraham, uncharacteristically, will say: “Destroy them!” Hashem will ...


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I've been making soft matzah for about 5 years and I can offer the following insights based on that experience. The halacha from last week indicated that while forming the dough, the baker must look for certain signs, "These signs include; cracks forming on the dough or the color of the dough’s surface turning white" and they indicate that the dough ...


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A Neder works to prevent a person fulfilling the actual Mitvas Asei like eating Matza itself by making it forbidden. How much more so it works to forbid the 5 grains which is forbidding the Mitzvah indirectly. Shulchan Aruch Yore Dea 215,1 based on Nedarim 15a: נְדָרִים חָלִים עַל דְּבַר מִצְוָה. כֵּיצַד, אָמַר: קוּנָם סֻכָּה שֶׁאֲנִי יוֹשֵׁב, לוּלָב ...


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