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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Finding Whole Matzos Among the Broken Ones
For those of us who are Noheg to eat hand matza, finding whole matzos for Lechem Mishna and Seder night is not always an easy task.  Often we open our expensive box of Matzos and find something that resembles a war zone littered with cracked, charred, maimed, and mangled matza and matza shards.  Among the wreckage we hope to salvage a few “Shleimim”, beautiful complete round matzos worthy of the occasion.  The question is do we need to carefully take out these Matzos in a way that we are not oveir the issur of “Borer”, sorting things on Shabbos?  

Rav Elyashiv and Rav Nisim Karelitz both pasken that whole matzos and broken matzos, despite the fact the one is halachicly useable for the occasion and one is not, are not considered two different minim and therefore the halachos of borer do not apply.  Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach holds that the halachos do apply and therefore one should be wary of how they take these matzos out on Shabbos and Yom Tov.  He does however add that if the Matzos are lying in a box it is permissible to take out unsuitable matzos from the box as you work your way down until you find a whole matza.  If it is not in an orderly pile then you may not remove the broken ones (“pisoles mitoch ochel”) rather you should just take out the whole ones.  (Piskei Shmu’os Pesach)
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