The Custom of Gebrokts on Pesach

  1. Some communities have a custom not to eat matzah in any form that came in contact with water or other liquids during Pesach. (Refer to Shu”t Baal Hatania 6 and M.B. 458:4) This custom is known as avoiding eating “Gebrokts”. [This word literally means “broken” and it has come to mean wet matzah is usually ground or broken up into crumbs before it is mixed in with water]
  2. The reason for this custom is out of concern that some of the matzah flour was not kneaded well and when it will come in contact with the liquid it will become chametz. (Shaarei Teshuva cited in M.B. ibid.)
  3. Since the last day of Pesach is only rabbinic in the Diaspora, many of those who are strict in avoiding eating Gebrokts, did not accept if for the last day of Pesach. (See Halichos Shlomo Pesach page 91 Dvar Halacha for a full explanation. Refer to Shulchan Menachem of the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l vol. 2 page 354 where he discusses whether one should actively be lenient on this day and eat Gebrokts)
  4. A woman, upon marriage, assumes the custom of her husband. (Refer to Igros Moshe O.C. 1:158 and Halichos Shlomo Pesach page 91)
  5. Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l rules that if one avoids eating Gebrokts, he should avoid even the utensils that were used to prepare gebrokts dishes. (Halichos Shlomo Pesach page 89)
  6. Even if one is strict not to eat Gebrokts, it is not muktzah throughout Pesach. (Opinion of Rav Shmuel Kamanetzky shlit”a Kovetz Halachos Pesach page 101)
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