Last Chance for Matzah

August 21, 2011 | by

I enjoy matzah and eat it all year round. When is the last time before Passover that one is permitted to eat matzah? Thanks for your help.

The Aish Rabbi Replies

Not everyone knows, but there is a prohibition against eating matzah in the period prior to Passover. This is in order to ensure that when we fulfill the mitzvah of eating matzah on Seder night, we do so with special joy and intensity.

There are various customs about when to stop eating matzah. Minimally, one must refrain from eating on the day before Passover. Others stop eating on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, and still others stop 30 days before the holiday.

(source: Mishnah Berurah 471:12; Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. I 155)


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