Please make sure to bake on Thursday after sh’kia or on Friday, August 4 / 12th of Av, Erev Shabbos Nachamu. (Scroll down to SAY THE REBBE’S KAPITAL TEHILLIM with regard to saying Tehillim after sh’kia)
Correct amount of flour:
Ensure that the correct amount of flour is used so that challah can be taken with a bracha. The dough should contain at least 59 ounces of flour (i.e. 3 lbs. 11 oz., or 1 and 2/3 kilograms)
When is challah separated?
After the flour and liquid are well mixed together, while the dough is still whole, before it has been divided and shaped into loaves. If the dough has been kneaded in several batches, combine all the batches in a single bowl.
BEFORE making the bracha. According to the Rebbe’s direction in any denomination of 18
Make the Bracha!
ברוך אתה א-ד-ו-נ-י אלו-ה-ינו מלך העולם אשר קידשנו במצוותיו וציונו להפריש חלה
Transliteration: BA-RUCH A-TAH A-DO-NOI ELO-HAI-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM A-SHER KID-SHA-NU B'MITZ-VO-TAV V'TZI-VA-NU L'HAF-RISH CHAL-LAH
Translation: Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to separate challah.
Separate the challah:
Then separate a small piece of dough (approximately one ounce) and say: "This is challah."/ “Haray Zu Challah”
Say the Rebbe’s Kapital Tehillim!
Rebbe’s Kapital: Kapital 116
(*Scroll down for Suggested additional Tehillim specific to shidduchim) When saying Tehillim and davening for shidduchim please include those who need refuos and yeshuos and especially if baking challah after sh’kia on Thursday night, as traditionally we only recite Tehillim at night for those who are ill - psak given by Rabbi Raichik, LA.
Read the names:
Read the list of names on your group and daven! This is a tremendous ais ratzon! Some have the custom to say the Yehi Ratzon as well (ex. after tevilla), if that is your custom, then say the “Yehi Ratzon” after the bracha, before you read the names.
Burn the Challah:
Burn the challah you have taken by wrapping it in a piece of silver foil and placing it in the broiler, or by any other method. If burning it inside the oven, there should be no other food baking in the oven at the same time. It is burned until it is no longer edible.
MAY OUR TEFFILOS BE HEARD AND ANSWERED WITH CLEARLY GOOD SHIDDUCHIM FOR ALL, B’KOREV!
*Additional suggested tehillim for shidduchim (source: Segulas Yisroel) :
Kapitlach: 32, 38, 70, 71,72, 82, 121, 124
The source for saying Tehilim 121 is a Medrash that says Yaakov Avinu said this while praying to find his match. The first posuk says "From where will my helper (meaning wife) come?" And the next posuk says "My help will come from Hashem".
Adapted with permission from Chaya Klein’s Shidduchim Challah Group