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Why baking powder and baking soda is KLP according to Rabbi Horowitz of Manisevitz Corporation

Posted by : Karen Selwyn

Original source: "Jewish Holiday Style: A Beautiful Guide 
                  to Celebrating the Jewish rituals in
                  Style"
                  Rita Milos Brownstein
                  Jeffrey Weiss
                  DETROIT NEWS (on-line edition), 4/6/00

Current source: "Cooks find ways to perk up Passover tradition" 

The following excerpt explains why the Manischevitz 
corporation uses baking soda for Passover in their 
processed mixes for cakes, cookies and other goodies. I 
GUESS the principle for baking powder and baking soda is 
the same.

"One of the ingredients is sodium carbonate - baking soda. 
Isn't that a leavening agent?

"It may look that way, Rabbi Horowitz [Rabbi Yaakov 
Horowitz, the rabbi-in-residence at Manischevitz] said. But 
appearances can deceive.

"The rabbis decided that matzo once certified as kosher for 
Passover can never be de-Passoverized. Not even by later 
contact with leavening. All of the Manischevitz mixes start 
with Passover matzo meal that - by definition - can't be 
ritually contaminated by the baking soda.

"Most people don't understand that, Rabbi Horowitz said."

As with all questions of kashruth, CYLAH.

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