Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Avnei Neizer - Unsalted & Sugar Free Matza

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 455:5) paskens salt cannot be put in the Matza with the water and flour. The reason is because salt heats up the dough and makes it chometz very quickly. What about sugar?

The Piskei Tshuvos brings the Michas Chinuch who brings the Maharam Chagiz who says that sugar is like salt only it is sweet. Therefore he says if there is no salt in the Bais HaMikdash it may be permissible to put sugar on the Korban before putting it on the Mizbei'ach instead of salt. He also brings the Avnei Neizer (532) who says that the Chavas Daas used sugar to "salt" his meat after Shechita, since it has the same effect. The Avnei Neizer does not give a definite psak and says that the experts should be consulted. Nevertheless without definite proof sugar should not be used.

Another reason to assur sugar in Matza is because sugar has the din of fruit juice, which also hastens the leavening process. However in that case there are differences of opinion if a tiny amount assurs the matza.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.