Original source: "Jewish Holiday Style: A Beautiful Guide
to Celebrating the Jewish rituals in
Rita Milos Brownstein
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
"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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