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How Should I Dispose of the Challah I Separated?
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In the days of the Beis Hamikdash, challah was given to a Kohen who was required to eat it when he was tahor (ritually clean). Since today our challah is tamei (ritually unclean), it is not eaten by the Kohen. Instead, we have a mitzvah to burn it. Because challah may not be eaten, it is […]
Do Liquid Batters (e.g. Cake Batter) Require Hafrashas Challah?
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Do liquid batters such as cake batters require hafrashas challah? Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 329:2) writes that liquid batters also require hafrashas challah, provided that they contain the amount of flour for which one takes challah. However, according to Rabbeinu Tam, challah can only be taken after the batter has been baked. Therefore, one should first […]
Taking Challah from Store-Bought Premade Pizza Dough
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I sometimes buy several bags of pizza dough from the supermarket, and bake them together. Do I need to take challah? Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 330:1) writes that the dough of a non-Jew is exempt from the mitzvah of hafrashas challah. This is true, even if the dough is later given to a Jew who […]
The Amount of Dough that Requires Hafrashas Challah
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What is the size of dough that requires hafrashas challah? Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 324:1) writes that the mitzvah of hafrashas challah depends exclusively on the volume of flour. If a Jew makes dough from one or more of the five grains (wheat, barley, spelt, oats, rye) that contains the volume of 43.2 beitzim (eggs) […]
Are Foods that Contain Onion Considered Charif (Sharp)?
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Although Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 96:2) writes that raw onions are considered charif, however fried onions caramelize and become sweet. Boiled onions also lose their sharp taste through the cooking. At that point, they are no longer considered charif, and if they are subsequently cut with a cold fleishig knife, they will not become fleishig. However, it should be noted […]