Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick has finally admitted [see his email below] to the truth. He stated that he has a ruling "in writing" from HaRav Schachter, that soft Matzos can only be made by Sefaradim in accordance with their tradition. [full transcript and recording SEE]
This is contradicted by Rabbi A Lebowitz who writes, "I spoke to Rav Schachter about this several times. He holds it is completely permissible and has nothing to do with mesorah."
Rabbi Gutnick has now admitted that HaRav Schachter has not actually written that, but - Rabbi Gutnick thinks it can be figured out from what HaRav Schachter wrote.
On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick wrote: I will however contact Rav Shachter today directly and ask him for a direct answer as to whether or not my interpretation of his words are (sic) correct or not. The reason I have not raised this point till now was because I was only alerted to the diyuk by a colleague of his at the OU prior to this Pesach.
Furthermore this figuring out is so subtle that you will notice from Rabbi Gutnick's email, that Rabbi Gutnick did not notice it when he read HaRav Schachter's ruling the previous year. In fact he admits that he did not notice it even this year; it was someone else who alerted him to this allusion.
Promising to verify his "figuring out" after making his public bold statement, that he has a ruling "in writing" from HaRav Schachter, is not the honest way nor the manner in which one garners respect for the rabbinate.
And somehow, mysteriously; this is all a matter of the greatest secrecy; we are not informed as to who noticed this subtlety, we have not been shown what the subtlety is, we have not been shown the ruling of HaRav Schachter we have not seen what Rabbi Gutnick asked we have not seen what was answered but are only shown limited, selected excerpts.
Furthermore, from the excerpts that Rabbi Gutnick has disclosed, we see that:
Rabbi Gutnick failed to ask the all important question, "May soft Matza be manufactured without a Mesorah?"
The response relayed to Rabbi Gutnick confirms that HaRav Schachter does not require a Mesorah for manufacturing soft Matza, as stated by Rabbi A Lebowitz.
The response does affirm these issues:
HaRav Schachter "does not endorse any particular manufacturer of soft matza"
HaRav Schachter "certainly did not express an opinion on something that he has never heard of and does not know what it is".