Thursday, June 11, 2009

Halocho #346 - Can a husband separate Challa?

In Parshat Shlach (the Torah Reading this week in Israel, next week in the Diaspora) we learn about the Mitzva of separating Challa from dough made from any of the 5 types of grain: wheat, barley, oats, spelt or rye.

Challa should be separated before the dough is baked; one may not eat the dough before separating Challa.

If Challa was not separated before the dough is baked, then the baked goods are forbidden to be eaten until Challa is separated from them.

The Mitzva of separating Challa rightfully belongs to the housewife.

However, if waiting for the housewife would cause the dough to spoil, then anybody above Bar/Bat Mitzva may separate Challa.

The piece of Challa that was separated should be burnt.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 35

Since nowadays we don't have fires readily available, my Rabbi suggested we freeze the Challa (in a well marked container that nobody should eat from it) and whenever there's a bonfire (Lag B'Omer and Erev Pessach) we should burn the accumulated Challa.

Shabbat Shalom,

- Danny Thursday, 19 Sivan 5769

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה


  1. Why not just put the challah in the oven on broil? What do they do in a bakery shop (I assume they don't freeze the dough)?

  2. Can one just rap it up and throw it away?

  3. Chaim:

    One can - according to most Poskim.

    However it has to be burnt to a point that one can't eat it; most people don't like their houses smelling of burnt bread.

    I have no idea what backeries do.

  4. Anonymous:

    If one wraps it up and throws it away then one misses out on the Mitzva of burning it, unless you are sure your garbage gets burnt.

    Kodshim that are Tamei should be burnt.