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Challah and Babka dough



I heard if you make 5lbs of challah dough and make the Bracha of Hafrashas Challah that you can’t use part of that dough to make babka, it can only be used for challah. Is that true?




What you heard is partially true. At the time that you are making the bracha, you should not have in your mind to make part of the shiur challah into a chocolate babka. The reason is, since you would not want the two types of doughs to mix, they are not considered like one big dough, rather it is called “issa lechalek” a dough that you want to split. (If you use a full shiur of challah for the challos, then it is permitted, since you have a full shiur that isn’t being split.)

However, if you intended to use the whole shiur of challah for challis, and after saying the bracha and separating it, you decided to make part of the dough. In retrospect you are allowed to make it into babka. This is because at the time that you made the bracha you didn’t want to split the dough into two, therefore it wasn’t “issa lechalek”.

Best wishes


חזון איש ליקוטים זרעים ס’ ב’ אות ג “ונראה דהא דעושה עיסה לחלקה בצק פטורה, היינו לחלקה ולהקפיד על תערובתן אחר החלוקה, דאם אחר חלוקה נמי אינו מקפיד על נשיכתן זו בזו לא גרע מה שעשה מתחלה עיסה אחת מעשה שתי עיסות ונשכו זו בזו, אבל כשדעתו לחלקן ולעשותן בדפוסים מיוחדים או למשוח פניהן של מקצתן בביצים ושמן וכיו”ב שיקפיד אחר חלוקתן על נשיכתן זו בזו זה מקרי ע”מ נחלק”.


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