Thursday, November 20, 2014

Challah in a bag?


There are those who require that one's fingers be in contact with both challah loaves when reciting the HaMotzi blessing upon the bread on Shabbat. However, the imperative behind this is not clear, and halachic sources seem to indicate that full contact is not required.

Therefore, ideally one should not use challah that is in a bag. However, one who has a particular reason to leave a loaf in a bag - such as one who intends to leave one of the loaves for a later meal, and is concerned that exposure to air will affect the challah negatively - may do so.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:201)

המצפה לישועה,


  1. The brucha has ten words and we have ten fingers when we touch the Challah it as if we give our whole feeling into making the blessing.

  2. Anonymous-
    There certainly is such a practice, of course, but apparently it does not have the strength to disqualify use of a bagged challah.