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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

Taamei Haminhagim - page 77 - #176 *note on bottom giving a Kabalistic reason, says that it is to be Mevatel tho Koach of the Chitzonim. It seems from his wording that if you take off a small piece of ...
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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

In the sefer Shmiras Haguf Vehanefesh (31:4) by Rav Yitzchok Lerner, Rav Chaim Kanievsky is quoted saying that there is no source for this in the tradional Jewish literature, but if this is ones ...
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Why are we not concerned about zugos with lechem mishneh?

Interesting question. It is dealt with at the bottom of this site (the same one you quoted, incidentally). A summary of the answers there: Zugos are only a problem when the entire pair are consumed (...
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(Why) is there a custom to have round challah for Rosh HaShanah?

Taame Haminhagim ("Likutim" (in the back), 183), in my own free translation: The reason for the custom that we make Passover matzas round is according to what Rabbi Saadia and Maimonides wrote, ...
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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

I heard the reason is that in the older days they use to bake the bread in a common oven. So one bread useD to touch the other. So when you eat your bread you maybe also eat a bit of the bread from ...
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Why dip the challah in salt?

Great question. I myself have had this question and looked it up, and I found the article Why Do We Dip the Challah Bread in Salt? to be very interesting. To sum up what's written there: It's dipped ...
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Why are huge challot displayed on the wedding couple / Bar Mitzvah's table?

The earliest source for having a large Challah at a wedding is the Maasas Binyomin (d. 1620) There is a wide spread custom to distribute slices of the large challa to the friends of the Chosson and ...
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Challa knife - Non serrated

See here in Taame Haminhagim in the notes ובספר לבושי מכלול קו"א כתב בשם ספר א' דסכין חד סגולה לפרנסה דאינו עושה פרורין דקשה לעניות. והנה סופי תיבות של "פותח את ידיך" הוא השם הממונה על הפרנסה, ועל ...
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OK if lechem mishneh is partially cut?

Shulchan Aruch 167:1 rules that during the week one should start to cut the piece he wishes to eat from the loaf before reciting hamotzi. However, one needs to ensure that it remains connected enough ...
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Why does the bracha-maker eat a piece of challah first?

This is indeed the correct practice. Whenever one person is saying the blessing for everyone present at a more formal meal, and is providing each of them with a piece from his loaf, they should not ...
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The number of challot for Yom Tov?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC:529) paskens וחייב לבצע על שתי ככרות - Two loaves. The Mishna Brurah explains (ס"ק י) that the Mann also didn't fall on Yom Tov, so there was a double portion the day before. ...
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Can one make hamotzi Friday night on pat haba bekisnin?

The psak of Shemiras Shabbos KeHilchoso: If one is kovei'a the meal on pas habo'oh bekisnin, for example, cake, then one can use two full cakes for lechem mishneh. שמירת שבת כהלכתה פרק נה סעיף טז: ...
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Did manna fall on yontif?

Tosefos to Beitza 2b s.v. והיה suggests that whether or not manna fell on Yom Tov is a dispute between conflicting midrashim. One medrash says: ויברך ויקדש ברכו במן וקדשו במן שבשבת לא היה יורד מן אבל ...
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Why must we acquire Lehhem Mishneh for every Shabbat meal?

The Tur (orach chaim 291) quotes an opinion that 2 loaves are unnecessary for the third meal. The explanation offered is that from the double portion of Friday, four loaves were made. One was consumed ...
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When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?

from Menachem Mendel: The earliest apparent source for using the term ḥallah in connection with the bread that is eaten on Shabbat can be found in the 15th c. German work Leket Yosher (p. 49) [...
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Cutting Challah on Shabbos

The source for cutting into the bread before making the blessing is in order to minimize the appearance of interruption between the blessing and the eating (S.A. O.C. 167:1 with Magen Avrohom 3). ...
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Why are challot traditionally braided?

I have long believed that the reason is because of a halacha found in a Rema in Yoreh Deah 97:1. There we learn that one may not make a dairy bread unless it is very small or of unusual shape. The ...
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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

I always thought that people didn't not eat the end piece as much as they did eat the rest of the challah. What I mean is that there is an inyan to eat the 'prusas hamotzi' i.e. the peiece of bread ...
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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

In our house (and also growing up) the end piece was left over because people like the softer middle slices of the challah (also, sliced rye). (Which reminds me, l'havdil, of the Rav Moshe story where ...
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If Shabbat falls immediately after Pesach, what could Sephardim use for Hamotzi on Shabbat?

If you are kove'ah seuda on a mezonot food, treating it as a meal rather than a snack, then it is treated as hamotzi. That should solve the problem. Source: http://www.kosherveyosher.com/hamotzi-vs-...
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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

Loewian was right in his answer, but it can be fleshed out a lot more. If one looks at general (non-Jewish) culture, there is a name for this part of the bread. It is the heel of the loaf, or the ...
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Why are challot traditionally braided?

from: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1645/whats-the-origin-of-the-jewish-bread-challah Around the 15th Century, Ashkenazic Jews (in eastern Europe) developed the challah that we have today. ...
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How much must be eaten from the lechem mishneh

See the answer to the question "How Much Does One Need to Eat From the Lechem Mishneh?" here. To quote the conclusion: The question is on Shabbat, where everyone must be connected to the lechem ...
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Which challah does one cut on a Shabbas yom tov?

Rav Chaim Kanievsky was asked this ( Doleh Umaskeh pg.152) exact question. He answered " Chullin 101b". Footnote 403 explains that in Chullin 101b Abaye mentions that Shabbas is fixed and Yom Kippur ...
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Should separating pull apart Challah rolls be considered a forbidden act of completion?

Rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein (Chashukei Chemed to Beitzah 32a) rules that according to all opinions, one may separate challahs that have been baked together, since there is no concept of Makeh Bepatish ...
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What is the status of a pull-apart challah for "lechem mishneh"?

The STAR-K quotes the opinion of Rav Heinemann saying, If one baked rolls with the intent that they initially remain attached (including for packaging purposes), and are then broken apart, one should ...
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Sourdough starter and Passover

The day before you sell, feed your starter. Cover it as you normally would and place that closed container in an opaque, sealed and knotted, plastic bag. Place that bag in a section of your ...
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Challah Friday Night

I once heard the following explanation, although I don't remember where. We have two loaves of Challah on Shabbos to commemorate the double portion of Manna that came down for Shabbos - each morning ...
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How much must be eaten from the lechem mishneh

Shemiras Shabbos K'Hilchoso (52:15) writes that essentially they do not need to eat at all from the Lechem Mishneh, as the host making a blessing and eating from the Lechem Mishneh is sufficient, ...
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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

The Minchas Yitzchok writes in a responsa chelek 9:Siman 8:7 that he has this tradition, but that he couldn't find a source for it. If he practiced it and tried to source it but couldn't, I would ...
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