Positive #23 - To Eat Matzah on the First Night of Passover
January 06, 2022
In this episode, we learn positive mitzvah #23, which is to eat matzah on the first night of Passover, which is the evening of the 15th of Nissan.
Matzah is unleavened bread, which is when one of the five grains (wheat, barley, spelt, oats, rye) are mixed with water and baked in less than 18 minutes. The matzah is not given enough time to rise.
- This mitzvah applies on the evening of 15th day of Nissan, which is the first night of Passover. Outside of Israel, it also applies to the second night of Passover.
- Before eating the matzah, there is a specific blessing to be recited: "al achilat matzah"
- To increase one's appetite for matzah when performing this mitzvah, the Sages enacted that one should not eat matzah on the eve of Passover.