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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 […]
The Conclusion of Shemoneh Esrei
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Following the blessing of “sim shalom” at the conclusion of every shemoneh esrei, there is a supplementary paragraph which contains a number of inspirational readings. This paragraph, beginning with the words “Elohai Netzor”, is actually adapted from the personal prayers of the Talmudic sage, Mar son of Ravina.[1] It is said that the fundamentals of […]
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 […]
Reheating Cooked Food
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Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah Question: Is there any permissible way to reheat cold cooked food on Shabbos? Discussion: Reheating cooked food on Shabbos can involve two different prohibitions: The first is the rabbinic edict against placing cold cooked food on a heat source – even one which is covered by a blech – which […]
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 […]