Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Burning challah


We have said that today the kohen does not eat the challah tithe, because of tumah [ritual contamination]. On the other hand, the owner of the dough is not permitted to benefit from that tithe. Therefore, the owner separates the challah and then burns it.

We may burn the challah tithe in a regular oven, but we don't do it while the rest of the dough is baking, to avoid any benefit that might come from having the extra dough in the oven.

(Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 322:5)

Have a great day,

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