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Why can't my Jewish husband eat flour during Passover?


Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner

Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner

Question: Why can't my Jewish husband eat flour during Passover?

Dear Rabbi,
Since matzo is made from flour and water, why does my husband need to cut out all flour during the holiday? If flour is incorporated into a recipe where there is no leavening, is that acceptable?
Thank you, Maribeth

Answer: Dear Maribeth,

Matzo is made from flour and water under intense supervision to ensure that the wheat and then flour have never come in contact with water until the baking process is started.

The initial mixing of the flour and water through the entire mixing, kneading, rolling out, carrying to oven and removing of the matzah from the oven - handmade or machine made - NEVER takes more than 18 minutes, start to finish. If it takes more than 18 minutes, then it is not kosher for Passover.

Thus, for all baking and cooking during Passover, only matza meal or cake meal are used. These meals are made from matza that is crumbled up in rough and fine mixtures respectively.

You may find more helpful information about Passover in my Jewish Freeware Site helpful.

Best wishes,
Rabbi Dov

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