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    Matzah on Erev Pesach – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. Why do we not eat matzah on Erev Pesach?

    A. So that we will eat it with greater appetite and joy once Seder night arrives. A second view cites the commandment, “In the evening shall you eat unleavened bread” (Ex. 12:18).

    We also need to make a distinction between the voluntary eating of matzah during the year and the obligation to eat it at Seder; an analogy is the rule of not blowing the shofar on Erev Rosh HaShanah, to create a distinction between the custom of hearing it during the preceding month and the obligation to hear it on Rosh HaShanah.

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