Pesach 36 - Flour used for joyful occasions
Every two out of three years, one separates second tithe from his grain, then takes it to Jerusalem, celebrates and eats the tithe there. Furthermore, this tithes cannot be given to a bereaved, rather it is reserved for joyful occasions. Can one make matzah out of it? - No, because matzah is the called "the bread of affliction" - these are the words of Rabbi Yosi HaGlili. However, Rabbi Akiva disagrees: the Torah has mentioned the word "matzah" many times, to indicate that even the second tithe flour can be used. What about "bread of affliction?" - just don’t make it with wine, oil or honey. Still, "bread of affliction," "lechem oni" does hint at bereavement? - No, it does not, rather it means "bread of answer" - since over matzah we answer many questions.
Fruit and grain that ripens first is called "first fruit" and is brought to Jerusalem and is eaten there by the priests. Can the priests make matzah out of it? - No, since the Torah said, "You will eat matzah in all your dwellings," that is, matzah must be fit to be eaten everywhere, and the first fruit flower is fit to be eaten only in Jerusalem.
Art: Fruit Still Life with roses and Honeycomb by Robert Spear Dunning