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How much Matzah must I eat?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Other than during the Seder we have no obligation to eat any Matzah1, and you can therefore eat as much or as little as you like.

To fulfill the Mitzvah of eating Matzah during the Seder one should eat at least one Kazayit (lit. "olive"; a Halachic measurement the equivalent of approximately 0.90 oz.).

Ideally one should try to eat five Kazayits throughout the Seder: 2 Kazayits when we first eat the Matzah, 1 Kazayit with the Matzah Maror sandwich, and 2 Kazayits for the Afikoman.2

Footnotes

  • 1. There is only a prohibition not to eat Chametz (leavened products)
  • 2. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 119:5,7,8

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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
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.
Halachic
Pertaining to Jewish Law.
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.
Maror
Bitter herbs consumed at the Passover Seder, commemorating how the Egyptians embittered the lives of our ancestors.
Afikoman
The larger portion of the broken middle matzah on the seder plate. The afikoman is eaten towards the end of the seder. In many families, it is traditionally "stolen" by the children and "ransomed" by the parents with the promise of a gift.