Grain-Spelt, rye, barley and oat Matzah

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Grain-Spelt, rye, barley and oat Matzah:[1]

From the letter of the law, any of the five grains may be used to make Matzah, which include wheat, rye, oats, barley, and spelt. Nonetheless, it is a Mitzvah Min Hamuvchar to Lechatchilah use [i.e. buy] only wheat flour to make the Matzahs, and so is the custom.[2] [Practically, some Poskim[3] negate using any flour other than wheat for the Matzahs due to several Kashrus concerns involved in preventing other grain flour from becoming Chametz. However, one who has a medical condition which prevents him from being able to eat wheat, may eat Matzah made of other flours due to lack of choice.]

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[1] Admur 453:1-2

[2] Admur ibid; Rama 453/1; Cheshev Haeifod 3:9; Shraga Hameir 5:8; See Piskeiy Teshuvos 453:1

The reason: The reason for this is because it is the most beloved to a person, and thus has Hiddur Mitzvah. [M”B 453]

Spelt: The Chok Yaakov rules that spelt is similar to wheat and may be used even Lechatchilah.

[3] Minchas Yitzchak 9:49

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