Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mitzvah #66 - When is it a Mitzva to eat Matza?

It's a Mitzva to eat Matza on the first night of Pessach.

Matza can only be made from the "5 grains", traditionally translated as "wheat, barley, spelt, oats and rye".

If a child is old enough to eat Matza, there's a Mitzva to educate him in the Mitzva and feed him some.

By Rabbinic decree one is forbidden to eat Matza on Erev Pessach, in order to have an appetite for it at night.

Applies to everybody, everywhere on Seder night.

Verse: "On that night you shall eat Matza" (Shemot 12:18)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 23

- Danny
Tuesday, 19 Tevet 5770

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