- Masechet Pesachim 35 teaches that although rice can 'rise', or become chametz, leavened, it cannot be baked into matza
- Masechet Challa (3:7) rules that dough made from a mixture of wheat and rice can be made into kosher (for the mitzvot of Pesach) matza as long as it tastes like wheat
- Rabbeinu Tam states that this reminds us about foods forbidden because we can taste something forbidden
- The Ra'avad notes that a person would have to eat a kazayit, an olive bulk - of wheat to fulfil the mitzvah of eating matza on Pesach
- Masechet Challa (1:1) of the Yerushalmi Talmud teaches that wheat flour causes rice flour to ferment thus become chametz
- Steinsaltz teaches us in notes that rice was brought to Israel from the Far East by the Mishnaic period
- Rice was traditionally used in combination with other grains and as cereals rather than bread on its own (because it is missing the bonding agents that bind bread together)
- Sages held differing opinions on the status of rice and thus which blessing was proper, whether it could become chametz, whether it could become matza, etc.
Saturday, 30 June 2018
Zevachim 78: Mixtures; The Status of Rice
In keeping with their discussions about mixtures of items that are consecrated, today the rabbis consider combining types of foods.