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Are flat tortillas or pita bread Kosher for Passover?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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No. Despite its flatness, neither a tortilla nor a pita is Kosher for Passover.

1) Whether an item is Chametz or not isn't determined by its flat or thick form. A dough (made of wheat, barely, spelt, rye or oats) which a) contains yeast, or b) whose flour had leavened through contact with water/moisture for more than 18 minutes, is chametz even if the finished product is flat.

2) Other than the flour manufactured specifically for Passover Matzah, all flour today is presumed to be chametz. See Is Flour Kosher for Passover?


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Any leavened product which is produced from wheat, barley, rye, spelt or oats. This includes bread, cake, cereals, crackers, biscuits, yeast, pasta and whisky. It is forbidden for a Jew to possess or consume Chametz throughout Passover.
(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.
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.