By Rabbi Dr. Ari Z Zivotofsky and Dr. Ari Greenspan
The Torah (Shemos 12:18) commands all Jews, men and women alike, to eat matzah on the first night of Pesach; yet nowhere does it explain how to make this required product or how it should look. For most Jews today, matzah is a thin, hard, cracker-like bread, that is often baked months in advance of Pesach and can be stored for long periods of time. In the last few years, “soft-matzah,” which is thicker and pitalike (but without a pocket, i.e., like a laffa), has become commercially available. This availability has raised a number of questions, including whether or not modern commercial soft matzah is the same as what was used in yesteryear and whether there are halachic concerns that should encourage or discourage one from using either hard or soft matzah.