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Soft Matzah: Rabbi Rabi Responds to Rabbinical Council Criticism

March 26, 2010 – 10:16 am244 Comments

A American rabbi carefully checking soft matzahYesterday Galus published an article by David Werdiger on the new soft, pita-like matzah that is available this year in Australia. As raised by commenters on that article, the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) issued a press release yesterday warning people not to eat the soft matzah. Here is the press release accompanied by Rabbi Meir Rabi‘s line-by-line response:

RCV:
The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) wishes to express grave concerns about a new product called “Laffa Matza” being sold in certain food outlets in Melbourne, which bears a Kosher for Passover symbol and is soft and chewy.

R. Rabi:
The RCV has to date, 25 March 2010, not disclosed its concerns, not in this nor in any other message that I am aware of. Although I have had verbal communications with the RCV they have not in the course of those communications disclosed their concerns.

RCV:
The RCV has also received copies of rulings from two world renowned Halachic and Kashrus authorities in Eretz Yisroel, both of whom strongly question the acceptability of this product for consumption on Pesach.

R. Rabi:
I am aware of one such “ruling”, a leter from Rabbi Wosner. It questions the acceptability of Laffa Style Soft Matza only due to its innovative nature. This letter is actually an endorsement of our Matza, as it expresses no Halachic concern whatsoever other than the perceived break with Tradition. I have yet to be shown or told the contents of any second letter.

RCV:
Considering the stringent laws pertaining to Kashrus on Pesach, which are stricter than the laws of Kashrus during any other time of the year, and considering the strong Halachic concerns issued to date, we strongly advise the community against owning or eating this product at any time during Pesach.

R. Rabi:
Considering that the RCV has great trouble articulating what precisely seems to be the problem, or what seems to be troubling them, I have not the faintest idea of what seems to be troubling the RCV. Furthermore, there are no strong Halachic concerns and not even any weak Halachic concerns expressed in the letter issued in the name of Rabbi Wosner. Rabbi Wosner’s concerns are simply that he is opposed to innovation.

RCV:
Should consumers seek further information regarding this matter we urge them to consult their Rov or Kashrus authority as a matter of priority.

R. Rabi:
Should any consumer discover further coherent information about “this matter”, I would be very grateful to receive such information. Please contact me by email: rabbi AT kosherveyosher.com.au

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More information on soft matzah can be found on Rabbi Rabi’s website, and his comment on David Werdiger’s article.

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