Our Rabbi & Pesach

Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook

If only my children would be in the Land of Israel
A certain Rav explained the line in the Haggadah, "If we received the Torah, but did not enter the Land of Israel – it would have been enough," that it would have been better for the non-religious pioneers to have remained outside of Israel rather than to commit sins in the Land of Israel. These words caused much consternation and when the students came to class, they told our Rabbi what they had heard. They thought he would discuss this issue at length, but he responded briefly: "See Yalkut Shimoni #1038" and taught the class as usual (The Yalkut Shimoni says: If only my children, my Nation, would be in the Land of Israel, even though they make it impure). (Iturei Cohanim #181)

Our Rabbi was particular to use machine-made matzah since it was decided by the halachic authorities that machine-made matzah is kosher, and there is, in fact, greater care regarding the concern of chametz than with hand-made matzah. (Haggadah with commentary of Rav Tzvi Yehudah arranged by Rav Aviner p. 93).

A student asked our Rabbi: Which is preferable, hand-made matzah or machine-made. Our Rabbi answered: In the same time that we exert ourselves to make one hand-made matzah it is possible to make Reb Noson’s (our Rabbi’s brother-in-law), his and many other people’s matzah for the entire holiday (Iturei Cohanim Nisan 5766 #259 in the name of Ha-Rav Achyah Amitai).