Thursday, April 14, 2016

Eating Matza on Erev Pesah

Eating Matza on Erev Pesah
Day: Thursday
Date: April 14, 2016
Parshat: Mitzora
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 471

On Erev Pesah, from amud hashahar (this year in Los Angeles approximately 4:47 AM) and on, it is forbidden to eat matza until the seder. The reason for this prohibition is so that everyone will eat the matza with gusto at the Seder that evening. For the same reason, some people also have a custom not to eat maror or eggs on Erev Pesah since they are both used at the Seder as well. However, these are not our customs. On Erev Pesah one should also refrain from eating foods made from matza meal unless there is a very small ratio of matza meal to the other ingredients. It is permissible to eat Matza Ashira on Erev Pesah since it cannot be used to fulfill the hiyuv that night. A child who is too young to understand the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim may eat regular matza on Erev Pesah.

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