Statement from מו’’ר, Rav Hershel Schachter שליט’’א

This puts an end to R’ Meir Rabi’s attempts to use Rav Schachter’s name in support of his Laffa. I hope he has the good sense to remove Rav Schachter from his marketing and information websites.

In English:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERNI have been asked many times over the past years if it is correct for Ashkenazi Jews to fulfill their obligation to eat Matza on the night of Pesach with Sephardic Matza. I have always answered that, in my opinion, this is not against custom provided that the Matza is produced under expert supervision and under the strict guidance of reliable and responsible Rabbinic authorities. My intention was in strict reference to the Sephardic Matzas that are known to us here in New York. I have now been informed from afar that there are new varieties called Laffa and Mountain Bread that I have never seen and know nothing about and I have not expressed any opinion concerning them, for one may only rule on what one’s eyes have seen. It is impossible to give my opinion on anything that I am not familiar with. I am greatly astonished how a “living person can contradict a living person” and how it is possible that anyone can say things in my name that have totally never entered my mind.Signed: Tzvi Schachter

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

10 thoughts on “Statement from מו’’ר, Rav Hershel Schachter שליט’’א”

  1. Thank you Isaac.
    I am sure however that other controversies with arise from the same source.
    There is pride and self interest involved.


  2. [edited]

    1. Was Rav Schachter asked if making soft Matza requires a Mesorah, a special tradition?

    2. Does the Rav rule that soft Matza requires a Mesorah, a special tradition?
    He maintains that manufacturing and eating of soft Matza has nothing to do with Mesorah; see

    3. Does the Rav maintain that Matza production requires “expert supervision under the strict guidance of reliable and responsible rabbinic authorities?”

    4. Has Exodus Matza claimed that the Rav has inspected or endorsed its Matza?

    So, in conclusion, nothing has changed.


    5. Why does the Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Victoria (COSV) allegedly allow itself to be used by Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick?
    Is this new COSV email service available to all Melbourne Rabbi’s?
    6. Was HaRav Schachter (mis)informed that his name is being misused?


    1. Everything has changed. R’ Schachter is not at all relevant to your Laffa product.

      Please don’t attempt to continually obfuscate that now verifiable fact.

      As such, he should not appear on your laffa pages.

      Remove him.


  3. Isaac
    Please end this discussion or it will just drag on and on, becoming more and more inane.



    1. Who knows. Even if they are, the issues raised by other Rabbis would preclude those who respect their Psak from trusting Meir for any of his products or supervision. They do not trust his hechsher, clearly.

      Those who trust him will ignore their objections.


      1. The Sephardic “soft” matzos made and sold in New York are under the strict Hechsher of highly respected Chachmim.
        The situation can in no way be compared to the pathetic state of affairs being perpetuated by an individual in Melbourne.
        I have seen the “soft” product sold widely in Queens where there is a large Sephardic Community but not the the mainly Ashkenazic areas of Brooklyn.
        Laffas are sold all year round in the New York market, by 6 or more companies under various Hechsherim, not one of which carries a Kosher LePesach certification.


  4. Isaac, do they still teach logic in first year computer science? The above comment seems to be a classic example of false logic.


      1. Rabbi Woolstone seems to be saying that : if “under the strict Hechsher of highly respected Chachmim” => kosher then, “pathetic state of affairs being perpetuated by an individual in Melbourne” => not kosher.


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