Tosefos in Pesachim 37b writes:

חיוב חלה הוי משעת גלגול

The obligation of Challah comes at the point of reincarnation

If I don't know who I am a reincarnation of, how do I know which dough I became obligated to take Challah from? Is there any way for me to resolve this issue?

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The מהרש״ע explains תוספות as follows:

תד״ה דכו״ע כו׳. אבל בלילתו עבה כ״ע מודו דחייב בחלה אפי׳ על ידי משקה דהא חיוב חלה הוי משעת גלגול כו׳. נראה לפרש דגלגול דהא היינו שחזר אדם בגלגול לחטין וזקוק לכפרה ועילוי נשמה ומשו״ה קורין לו בלילתו עבה דהיינו דבתוך לילה שלו דהיינו בחשך של קבר הוא עבה מלשון עבריין. ואע״ג דאין מפרישין חלה מעיסה שנילושה במשקה בהא חייב כדי לזכות לו והיינו דמסיק דהא חיוב חלה הוי משעת גלגול.‏

Read it inside for full benefit, but, briefly: It's the wheat that is the reincarnation. Someone who deserves to come back as wheat needs merits, specifically the merit of the מצוה of חלה; thus, according to תוספות, even though one doesn't normally take חלה from dough made with sundry liquids, one does in this case.

  • Who is the maharsha with an ayin? – Yitzchak Mar 2 '14 at 20:21
  • @Yitzchak, the Maharasha, not Maharsha. It's מורנו הרב רשע, abbreviated to מהרש״ע. – msh210 Mar 2 '14 at 20:22
  • Oh, I remember him. I have his Chiddushei Aggados on revelation. – Yitzchak Mar 2 '14 at 20:39
  • @Yitzchak He also has a well known commentary (only fragments remain) on the Haggadah. – Double AA Apr 6 '15 at 21:22

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