Thursday, March 08, 2007

(About) 30 Days Before

Shulhhan ‘Arukh « Orahh Hhayim « siman 471 « se‘if 1-2 —
It is forbidden to eat [seemingly unleavened] bread from the 10th hour and onwards [the afternoon before Pesahh], in order to eat matza [at the seder] with an appetite... And before the 10th hour it is permitted to eat 'rich' matza. [R' Moshe Isserliss] comments: But it is prohibited to eat the matza with which we fulfill our obligations at [the seder] night the entire day of the 14th [of Nisan]... And there are those who have the custom not to eat bitter lettuce on ‘Erev Pesahh, in order to eat the bitter herb with an appetite(?!). And so the first day of Pesahh, as well, to eat it on the second night with an appetite, and some have the custom to decrease the amount of matza eaten the first day for that reason as well. And there are those who are even stricter, not eating fruits, in order to eat the hharoset with an appetitebut there's no reason to pay attention to that custom (because he thinks it's absurd?).

What if it's my family's custom not to eat anything on ‘Erev Pesahh that will be eaten at the Seder, whether it's matza, maror, hharoset, or a random mundane food from the meal?


Blogger Elie said...

Minhag Yisroel Kidin Hu. Minhagim take on their own weight, regardless of how they started.

My custom is to stop eating matza from Purim onwards. I actually miss it for that month, so I guess my abstaining accomplishes its purpose.

3/09/2007 9:12 AM  
Blogger The Anti-Semite said...

The Gall of the Hobblin king!

I fthe Mechaber says you must not pay attention to drop it, then drop it, period! (Well, actually, I think the imlication is that it's probably a minhag that originates in a mistake. But I'm sure if you want to honor it, why not?)

3/10/2007 9:37 PM  
Blogger Tzipporah said...

But how can you correct the seasoning if you are not tasting it during the day (before the seder)? That's half the fun of getting ready... ;)

3/12/2007 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly the most stringent position would be to do a complete fast the day before passover. Then the pious will eat even cardboard with an appetite.

3/12/2007 6:39 PM  

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