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What is the minimum amount of flour I need in order to take challah?


1. What is the minimum amount of flour I need in order to take challah with a brocha?
2. What is the range of amount I need to take challah without a brocha?
3. Is the above the same answer if I am making challah dough and yeast cake?

Thank you


The amount of flour needed to take of challah is the same for challah dough, yeast cake cookies an anything else.

There are two different opinions at what point a ברכה  is said. According to one opinion (R’ C. Naeh[1]) it is at 1.66k (3.68lb or 3lb 11oz.) and according to the Chazon Ish it is 2.25kg. (4.96lb.). If one doesn’t have a scale to measure this amount are approximately 8 2/3 cups of sifted flour to take without a ברכה and 14 ¼ cups (R’ Ch Naeh) and 16 ½ (Chazon Ish) cups of sifted flour with[2] a ברכה.

All Poskim agree that one should separate חלה from a dough made from 1.2kg. (2.64 lb or 2 lb 10.3 oz.)

Best wishes


[1]  שמעתי מר’ אפרתי שמנהג ירושלים הוא להפריש עם ברכה בשיעור הזה ושכן הורה הרב אלישיב.

[2]  כן ראיתי בשם ר’ משה הינעמען שליט”א שבדק כמה הנפח של קמח אחרי שעבר הנפה, וזה קשה מאד לדעת כיון תלוי איך עשו הניפוי וכמה לחות יש באויר אז, וזמן השנה, ושם כ’ שהממוצה הוא3 1/3 cups per lb.  כוסות לפאונד.

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