Minhagei Pesach Sheini: Matza, MarorÖ What and When?
There is a minhag to eat matza on Pesach Sheini, the 14th of Iyar. Rav Yaakov Emden writes in his Siddur that it was revealed to him from Shamayim that the reason we have Pesach Sheini is because the Matza they baked on the way out of Mitzrayim lasted until the 15th of Iyar when the “Mun” started to fall. This date represented the last physical remnants of the Nes of Yetzias Mitzrayim. The more obvious reason we eat Matza is because those who were Tamei on the first Pesach brought the Korban Pesach. Matza, like by Afikoman at the seder, is our way of remembering the Korban Pesach.
Others eat Matza on the night of the 15th of Iyar as well because just like by Pesach we bring the Korban Pesach on the 14th but only ate it at night on the 15th, so too on Pesach Sheini. The Zichron Yehuda says that the Maharam Ash (a talmid of he Chasam Sofer) would eat Matza, Maror, and a boiled egg on the night of the 15th of Iyar.
The Rashash in Pesachim (53a) says that one shouldn’t eat roast on the 15th of Iyar at night just like we don’t eat on seder night, in order not to confuse it with the real Korban Pesach. (Piskei Tshuvos 493:3)
Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.
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