March 3, 2009 8:45 pm at 8:45 pm #589547YW Moderator-39Member
I want to throw out a question to fellow members of the Coffee Room.
I have been told that Matzos from previous Pesachs (even if totally sealed) are not Kosher for the next Pesach.
Is this a minhag or is this an actual halacha? (if the latter please provide a source as I am curious)
Is this Universal, or just for Ashkenazim/Sfardim/Chassidim etc?
Thanks a bunchMarch 3, 2009 9:01 pm at 9:01 pm #1012546
I don’t know. We always take our leftover matzah and grind it into matzah meal to use for the year.
This works especially well for all the free matzah we get from ShopRite that we don’t use on Pesach.March 3, 2009 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm #1012547
A minhag. And one that bespeaks affluence.
Let me tell you about another minhag that stems from a time where food was never a disposable commodity. On the second seder night (chutz la’aretz) someone I know has the minhag not to finish the entire piece of afikoman. Instead, they save a piece “for next year” in case they are unable to make matzos for some reason. Clearly there is no halacha prohibiting this.March 3, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #1012548
The person I know burns it with the chometz on erev pesach (assuming he has fresh matzah for the year). I once saw him do it and asked what it was all about. So your parents save them forever?March 3, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #1012549PMMember
I’ve heard such a minhag also, but there is absolutely no basis in Halacha for it.March 3, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm #1012550Y.W. EditorKeymaster
The Minhag of saving a piece of afikoman is not only in chutz laaretz, but anywhere, and it’s not in case you don’t have for next year.
The reason is that it’s a “shmira” (protection).
Many hang it on top of a doorway until the next erev pesach when they burn it with the chometz.
This minhag is brought down in basically every minhag sefer (minhag yisroel torah, nitei gavriel, and other pesach seforim).March 3, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm #1012551
Very nice, thanks editor! I didn’t mean to imply it is only in Chutz La’aretz, rather that it is only by the SECOND seder in CH”L. Obviously, the same would apply in E”Y to the first seder.March 3, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm #1012552charlie brownMember
I knew someone who saved a box or 2 every year and used them the following year. His reason was as squeak said, in case there wont be any next year. I don’t know if it was a minhag or just something he did on his own just in case.March 3, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm #1012553yankdownunderMember
I do not understand if the Matzohs were contained in a sealed box, what could possibly be wrong with using them? Which Moforesh says so and why?March 4, 2009 1:10 am at 1:10 am #1012554JosephParticipant
Its a very old minhug yisroel.March 4, 2009 4:04 pm at 4:04 pm #1012556
Ames, you wouldnt feed moshiach anything better than matzhah thats YEARS old? LOL 😀March 4, 2009 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm #1012557
Ames, I am so happy you joined the CR, you make me laugh all the time 😀March 4, 2009 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #1012558mamashtakahMember
Actually, my mother asked our Rav this question many years ago. He told her that as long as the packages were sealed, they could be used the following year. Of course, you should ask your own LOR.March 4, 2009 6:36 pm at 6:36 pm #1012559
Aw ames, you made my day! OK, I’m entering your accound and reducing the bill as we speak…
OK, just kidding. I don’t have access to that system!March 17, 2013 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm #1012561aidelParticipant
as long as the matzah was kept free of chometz, why is it a problem?March 17, 2013 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm #1012562ujewParticipant
The Bach holds that matzos must be baked within 30 days of Pesach because of the din of sukkah yeshana. Its a daas yochid but maybe thats where the minhag is from.March 17, 2013 4:57 pm at 4:57 pm #1012563takahmamashParticipant
Rav Aviner holds it’s OK to keep and eat matzah from one year to the next.April 27, 2014 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #1012564HaLeiViParticipant
Rav Waye says it can get buggy.
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