Is Shlissel Challah a Chabad Custom?

Many have the custom to bake “shlissel challah” on the first Shabbos after Pesach. Harav Yosef Braun addresses the question Is this a Chabad Custom?

By Harav Yosef Braun – Member of the Crown Heights Beis Din
Originally published on

Is it our minhag to make Shlissel Challah?

There is no official Chabad minhag as such. But it’s perfectly ok to make the shlissel challah, and the minhag is based on holy sources.

See here for additional comments and sources.


If there is a design on the challah, even if carved out from the dough itself it is proper to be stringent not to eat and break it on Shabbos. However, if the entire challah is the shape of a design one may eat it.

See here for more about eating a challah or cookie shaped like a number or letter on Shabbos.

In keeping in line with the Rabbonim's policies for websites, we do not allow comments. However, our Rabbonim have approved of including input on articles of substance (Torah, history, memories etc.)

We appreciate your feedback. If you have any additional information to contribute to this article, it will be added below.

  1. Otzar Minhagei Chabad (page רמג) says explicitly that it is not the Chabad minhag to do make shlissel challah.

    How does this article take from this from that that “it’s perfectly okay to do it”?

    Do we follow minhogei Chabad or not?
    Or is this all a free for all?

    Should Lubavitcher chassidim be looking בשדות של אחרים for new minhogim to adopt?

    Maybe I’m a little naive but I’m open to hear another perspective if anyone else would like to share.


    (In the source material of this article the above-mentioned source is mentioned in passing but not quoted)

  2. If one is a descendent of the Maharal why would it be an issue?

    Its not publicized if the Rebbiem did so, however it seams to be a zichron for a pesach blood libel/nes that happened with the Maharal.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

advertise package