Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How much dough does one separate for Challah


Biblically, no amount is specified for the Challah dough. The Sages stipulated that it should be 1/24 of the dough, or 1/48 for commercial bakers in order not to eliminate their livelihood.

As of today, due to ritual contamination (tumah), kohanim do not eat the challah. Therefore we revert to the biblical baseline; our practice is to separate just an olive-sized amount of dough.

(Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 322:1, 322:5)

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