When separating challah for “hafrashas challah”. do you take off the part completely and then make a bracha? make a bracha on the whole dough and then take off the “challah”? make a mark in the dough where you plan on cutting it? if you are suppossed to take the “challah” off completely first and then make a bracha, what’s the status of the rest of the dough in case you forgot and made a bracha on the whole bowl?

Answer

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (35:1) rules that one first makes the brochah and then separates the challah. This is in line with the general rule that one makes the brocha before the mitzvah. (Rambam, Hilchos Bikkurim 5:11 also says explicitly to make the brochah first.)

However, once the Challah has been separated, care must be taken to ensure that none of it falls back onto the rest of the dough, since the separated Challah must be burned.

Therefore, there is a common custom to first separate the dough that you intend to designate as challoh, without actually designating it yet; then, holding it next to the rest of the dough, make the brochoh, and then designate the separated piece as “Challoh” (by saying “Harei zeh Challoh”), and then immediately removing it from the rest of the dough and putting it in a safe place to be burned later.

Share The Knowledge

Not what you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged Hafrashat challah or ask your own question.

3 Responses to “Separating Challah”

  1. I remember Rav Yisrael Ganz teaching that you first separate and then make the bracha. Could there be two different opnions? Can you please provide references/sources. Thanks.

    • Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (35:1) rules that one first makes the brochah and then separates the challah. This is in line with the general rule that one makes the brocha before the mitzvah. (Rambam, Hilchos Bikkurim 5:11 also says explicitly to make the brochah first.)

    • I discussed this with Rav Ganz, and indeed he confirms that he advises to first separate the dough that you intend to call Challah, and then make the brocha. I have adjusted the answer in the post accordingly, with further explanation.
      Thank you for your comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *