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Can we eat Matzah before Passover?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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We do not eat Matzah the day of the Seder meal1. For instance, if the first Seder were to be a Monday night, then we do not eat any Matzah Monday day.2 The reason given is so that the matzah at the Seder meal should be special.

On that day one should not even give Matzah to small children (once they reach the age of understanding the subject of the Exodus from Egypt).

Footnotes

  • 1. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (abridged Code of Jewish Law) 113:5
  • 2. Some have a custom as well not to eat Shemurah Matzah from 2 weeks or a month before Passover.

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Matzah
(pl. Matzot). Unleavened bread which is eaten on Passover, especially at the Passover Seder (feast), commemorating the Matzah which the Jews ate upon leaving Egypt. It consists of only flour and water and resembles a wheat cracker.
Seder
Festive meal eaten on the first two nights of the holiday of Passover (In Israel, the Seder is observed only the first night of the holiday). Seder highlights include: reading the story of the Exodus, eating Matzah and bitter herbs, and drinking four cups of wine.
Exodus
1. The miraculous departure of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage in 1312 BCE. 2. The second of the Five Books of Moses. This book describes the aforementioned Exodus, the giving of the Torah, and the erection of the Tabernacle.