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787. A Folded-Over Matzah
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110:12 The baker must be very careful to ensure that no matzah is folded over, nor that any matzah touches any other. This is because the place where they touch or where it is folded over doesn’t bake quickly and may leaven. If a matzah did fold over, or if it inflated, that part must […]
786. Perforating the Matzah
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110:10 The matzah should be perforated quickly, as soon as it is ready. One may not try to make any pattern with the holes; he should just do it as quickly as possible and immediately put the matzah into the oven. One must be extremely careful not to delay even for a moment opposite the […]
785. Working the Dough Continuously
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110:8 One must be careful not to leave the dough for even a moment without working it. As soon as one has finished the dough, he divides it into circles; one must therefore be careful not to make too large an amount of dough, just enough for the size of the circles. If the one […]
784. Inspecting the Utensils
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110:6 One must make sure that the vessel in which he does the kneading has no holes or cracks in which some dough might get stuck and leaven. While kneading, one may not place the vessel on cushions or pillows because of a concern that it might get warm. One must be careful to thoroughly […]
783. Too Much Dough
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110:4 One may not knead a quantity of dough that is larger than the size needed to take challah (refer back to 35:2). It is preferable to use less because if the dough is greater than the size needed for challah, it would be impossible to work it all at one time. (If one did […]
782. The Room in Which the Dough is Kneaded
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110:2 The accepted practice is to plaster the oven with new clay so it need not be kashered by heating it up. In this way, the chometz that was absorbed in the oven’s roof and sides will be driven out by the heat of the flames that bake the matzos. This is a good practice […]
781. The Oven for Baking the Matzah
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109:9 People used to spill out water if someone died suddenly or if it sat out during an equinox. This was not done with the water drawn for baking matzah based on Koheles 8:5, “The one who keeps the commandment will experience no evil.” In any case, if one knew in advance that the equinox […]
780. If More Water is Needed
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109:7 If a person sees that the water that stood overnight will not be enough for his needs, he may add more water to it so long as the majority of it is from the water that stood overnight. It’s preferable that two-thirds of it be from the water that stood, and it would be […]
779. The Vessel Used to Draw the Water
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109:5 The water for this mitzvah should only be drawn by a Jew. (This is preferable as preparations for performing the mitzvah but the water is not disqualified if drawn by a non-Jew – Mishnah Brurah 455:21.) 109:6 One may not put the water into a vessel that had contained honey or fruit juices unless […]
778. More About Drawing the Water
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109:3 One may draw enough water for several days at once but it is a mitzvah to draw for each day by itself. The accepted practice is to not draw water using an old pottery vessel – even if it’s designated exclusively for Pesach use – unless it’s glazed. An old pottery vessel that is […]