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On Shabbat, we're supposed to begin the meals with two whole loaves - "Lechem Mishneh." According to Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchato as quoted in the article linked above, "If two loaves bake together in an oven and become attached, they may be broken apart and still count as two loaves."

I rely on this ruling routinely when using bakery-made challah rolls. They tend to come in groups of six, arrayed like a six-pack of soda, and attached due to baking next to each other. We separate them and use them as loaves.

Given this ruling, what is the status of the individual balls in a pull-apart challah? Can they be broken out and each serve as their own loaf? If one is broken off, can what's left be used as a loaf?

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Although I don't have any halachic basis for this answer, it would appear to me that intent would matter. The intent at the time in baking the rolls are that they are 6 seperate rolls. I believe the intent at baking a "pull-apart" Challah is that it is one challah.

  • Surely there are relevant mishnayos in Maseches Chala, where it talks all about large loaves of dough sticking together to be considered a single "batch" or "'isa". – WAF Apr 19 '10 at 4:05
  • On the other hand, you could argue the opposite about the original intent: why would they make them in that way, if not so that the individual pieces can serve as separate challos? Especially the ones that are made out of 12 sections, which is presumably in keeping with the custom that Bas613 mentioned. – Alex Apr 19 '10 at 17:41
  • I agree with @Alex. I'm pretty sure that the intention for those pull-apart challahs is for them to be separate. That's why people buy them... – Daniel Apr 11 '13 at 18:47
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    I bake pull apart challahs, as do many of my friends. I like the shape and it's easy to divide out individual portions. But it's meant to be a challah with six segments - like a six braid challah - not a bunch of rolls. – sq33G Jan 26 '15 at 23:18
  • @Daniel if the intention was to be separate they'd sell it as rolls. – Double AA Nov 29 '19 at 15:07
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I'm told someone asked this to Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, who asked to see the pullapart in question -- and then ruled the individual pieces could not be used.

  • Sorry you'll have to take my word for it, or go at the research from other angles. I literally heard it from someone I'd consider to be reliable. – Shalom Feb 14 '12 at 2:34
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    +1 If you consider it reliable, then I'll take it at your word. :-) – HodofHod Feb 14 '12 at 2:36
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I think I remember reading from HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shelit"a (in Hazon Ovadia vol. 2) that they are okay. (BN BH I'll be back)

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    nu............. – Shmuel Brin Jan 16 '14 at 19:39
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The Netziv in Shut Meishiv Davar (no. 21) allowed people to use 2 slices of bread as lechem mishne, why would this be different?

See here for a discussion of this.

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    where is this recordered? – Gershon Gold Jan 16 '14 at 18:04
  • According to that opinion it probably isn't. But according to the opinion in Shmiras Shabbos KeHilchosa, it may be that both don't count. – Yishai Jan 16 '14 at 20:02
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    Welcome shloma edelstein; I've heard that Netziv as well. I think the question was from the perspective of those who try to use conventionally-whole loaves. – Shalom Jan 16 '14 at 21:14

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