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Why is it so hard to find kosher for passover matza?

I was trying to find kosher for passover matzah last year in Denver and all of the grocery stores were out, this year I was mountain biking in Santa Cruz the Sunday before Pesach so I decided I would visit the Safeway there – I figured since most of the Jews in Santa Cruz are in the closet (UC Santa Cruz is notoriously anti-Semitic) they would have a load of matzah, but to my surprise all they had were 5 or 6 different varieties of matzah that said in fine print on the top right corner of the box that it should not be used on Passover.


I made the following video before realizing that there was a large pile of kosher for passover matzos in the front of the store, but I found the video funny anyway so I here it is.

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  • sergeant J April 1, 2010, 1:58 AM

    Individual boxes are a pain to find out here, just 5 pounders in the stores..

  • Benji Lovitt April 1, 2010, 2:23 AM

    I like the Four Non-Blondes unintended soundtrack in the back. This store must be cool if they’re playing that.

    • Heshy Fried April 1, 2010, 2:33 AM

      Santa Cruz is awesome – besides for their anti-Israel stuff, it always happens that the coolest towns in America are also the most liberal Jew hating places.

      • sergeant J April 1, 2010, 2:48 AM

        I will be up in SC Friday:-)

      • Sergey Kadinsky April 1, 2010, 8:41 AM

        My alma mater also has a leftist vibe, but I was not shy to defend Israel on campus. To say that Jews at Santa Cruz are hiding in the closet is an insult to those who care enough to speak out.

  • leead April 1, 2010, 6:36 AM

    funny and interesting “shumura matzha tastes like cardboard, in the begining it tasted like sheet rocK” lol

  • Meir April 1, 2010, 10:41 AM

    For some reason, many, many goyim love matza.

    This probably explains the proliferation of non-Pesachdik matza.

  • David April 1, 2010, 12:16 PM

    Why is it so hard to find pre-made cakes, cookies, etc that contain matzah meal?
    Everything is non-gebrokts!
    If you want gebrokts baked goods you have to make it yourself!

  • Yochanan April 1, 2010, 8:32 PM

    Shouldn’t non Kasher LePesach Matza be banned like dairy bread?

  • havdla April 2, 2010, 1:02 AM

    They make it non-kosher purposefully because many ashkenazim do not eat matzah during the rest of the year, and making it chametz allows them to.

    • A. Nuran April 2, 2010, 1:03 AM

      “On all other nights we eat leavened bread or matzoh…”

    • HJX April 2, 2010, 10:11 AM

      It’s cheaper and easier to make matza that doesn’t involve all the chumras of Kosher for Passover, and it tastes the same. No deeper reason.

  • Jackie Sternberg April 4, 2010, 9:31 PM

    LOVED THE RANT! Unfortunately, we have the same problem on the East Coast … specifically in the Washington, D.C., area where I live. I WAS THIS GUY at my local Safeway, Shopper’s Food Warehouse, Giant and Whole Foods Market. So, finally, I pretended I was sick and snapped up the only kosher-for-Pesach box of EGG matzah on the shelf! RANT ON!

  • moe April 13, 2010, 2:22 PM


    some blogger?

    cant they at least give credit where credit is due?

    • Heshy Fried April 13, 2010, 2:42 PM

      You have got to be fucking kidding me – they should give me credit, I have written about this before and have double the traffic that matzav has.

      You do realize that dozens of bloggers write about the same thing at once right?

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