The Mitzvah of Taking Challah

What is "Taking Challah?

I was privileged to benefit from the guidance of Mrs. Rochel Miller* of Jerusalem in developing the ideas in The Majesty of Challah and The Challah Recipe.

Understanding the measurements which require taking challah, either with or without a blessing, is essential to observing this mitzvah. Rabbinic advice is encouraged.

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If your dough contains 5 pounds of flour and the majority of the liquid in your recipe is water, you will safely be able to separate challah with a blessing. Before taking challah say:

“Baruch a-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hay-nu Melech ha-olam, ah-sher kid-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav, v’tzi-va-nu l’haf-rish challah.”

Blessed are You, Lord our
G-d, King of the Universe Who has sanctified us and commanded us to separate challah.

Remove an egg-sized piece of dough and say

“Ha-ri-zeh challah” (This is challah)

Always dispose of challah according to halacha, Jewish law*.

Please check with your rabbi and the following resource for a complete guide to proper observance of the mitzvah of hafrashas challah.


Link here* to Star K website for a fuller explanation

Mrs. Miller has been learning and teaching womens' mitzvos for over a decade. I am very grateful for her ongoing devotion to this subject and eagerness to help me. May Mrs. Miller continue, in strength, in her mission to bring Jewish women to greater appreciation of our inheritance.

To learn about shaping dough in the manner of your grandmothers, see A Blessing of Bread by Maggie Glezer, Artesian 2004. It is a well-researched baking guide to traditional Jewish bread baking throughout the Diaspora.

See all the bread recipes in Cooking for The King

Cooking for The King: The book of Torah insights, recipes and practical tips designed to bring majesty to the mundane.