Friday, April 07, 2006

Machine Matzos vs. Hand-Made Matzos

19th Century Matzo Machine - Lvov
(Photo courtesy of "Treasures of Jewish Culture in Ukraine")

Below is an excerpt from the Breslov Center's website: Pesach Customs (.pdf)

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Bender once remarked: "I knew people who ate machine matzos who are in Gan Eden today; and I knew people who ate hand matzos who are in Gehenna today. Ober mir fieren zach az meh est handt matzos… However, our custom is to eat hand matzos."

7 Comments:

At April 7, 2006 at 7:02:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

I seem to recall that HaRav Aryeh Kaplan told me that there are [some] Breslovers who eat machine matzos, and also gebruckts [matzo that is "soaked", such as placed in soup, which many Chassidim do NOT eat on Pesach]. He said the emphasis on Pesach was on simcha.

 
At April 7, 2006 at 7:04:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Interesting...

 
At April 7, 2006 at 8:17:00 AM EDT, Blogger Pragmatician said...

Interesting quote, I think it means that there are lager deeds that ultimately defines true frumkeit, not the peyos, not the amount of waving during the amidah, not even the hand matzos!

 
At April 7, 2006 at 9:05:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Pragmatician: Exactly. I shared this since I have noticed that Breslov tends to take a more moderate approach on Pesach which you can also see in my "Slave To The Details" Posting that quotes Sichos HaRan #235.

 
At April 7, 2006 at 4:12:00 PM EDT, Anonymous A Yid said...

Yitz: Rebe Nachman himself did not eat gebroksts as well as his talmidim.

 
At April 11, 2006 at 4:06:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Schneur said...

I know of no Chassidim who eat machine matzos. In most of east Europe until after World war 1 all matzos were generally baked by hand including what can be called peshuttoth.
In Jerusalem the yishuv hayashen to a great etent is very liberal on this issue and certainly many perushim eat machine shemura including the late rosh Bes din rav Pinchos Epstein ZT"L.

 
At April 12, 2006 at 6:30:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Schneur: Thanks for your comment and the information.

 

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