Rambam Hilchot Bikkurim 5:8 and 5:10 and Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah 322:4-5 rule that in chutz la’aretz one can either:

  • separate two challot, burn one and give the other to be eaten by any kohen
  • separate one challah and give it to be eaten by a kohen who is not impure under the rubric of tumah yotzeit migufo.

Rema (ad loc.) notes a custom to separate only one challah and burn it. Contemporary ashkenazi practice seems to follow this custom.

What do contemporary sefardim / mizrachim / teimanim do with challah in chutz la’aretz? Do they in fact give challah to a kohen (in either of the two fashions described above)?

  • FWIW even some Ashkenazim do it sometimes (especially from Matza baking, cf. OC 557) and some Ashkenazi authorities reject the Rama entirely. In any event you are correct that it's highly unusual nowadays.
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 16:11
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    My personal experience having been present when challah was taken is that it is burned up like the Rem"a, even when taken by Sephardim Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 17:21
  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29641/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:37
  • The Aruch Hashulchan 322(16) wonders why the Shulchan Aruch says that, when he said in the Beis Yosef that the custom was not to give to a Cohen, even in his community (and so did the Rashba).
    – MichoelR
    Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 20:19
  • dailyhalacha.com/m/halacha.aspx?id=3017 "Although not commonly practiced"
    – Double AA
    Commented May 31 at 16:54


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