Monday, August 13, 2007
matzah made from chadash
Rashi in last week’s parsha (16:6) writes that there is no contradiction between the Torah’s command to eat matzah for six days and the command to eat matzah for seven days – matzah of chadash is permitted only for six of the seven days of pesach. Is Rashi just telling us a practical metziyus or is he telling us a din? Maharal notes that Tosfos (Kiddushin 39a) assumes matzah made of chadash cannot be used to fulfill mitzvas matzah. Tosfos asks: why don't we say that the aseh of matzah is doche the lav of chadash? Tosfos answers: 1) the aseh of matzah was given before Sinai and is different than other mitzvot aseh; 2) we do say aseh doche lo ta’aseh, but there is a gezeirah derabbanan not to eat this type of matzah lest one eat more than a k’zayis, which exceeds the shiur of the mitzvah. According to Rashi the entire question is moot - our Rashi tells us that there is a din in mitzvas matzah that precludes it being made from chadash.