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A selection of FAQ's about two of Shabbat's most hallowed traditions: the recitation of the kiddush and the partaking of lechem mishneh (two loaves of challah).

Kiddush & Challah Questions and Answers

Kiddush & Challah Questions and Answers

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The word “kiddush” has at least three meanings, each one built on the one before it. Let’s start at the beginning.
At first I thought it was just a flavor thing, but then I saw it done in multiple homes. What’s the reason for this?
I noticed on Friday night at the meal that before you blessed the Challah, you made a small cut in one of the loaves. What is the meaning of this custom?
A series of fascinating reasons culled from more than 2 millennia of Jewish scholarship.
Although I have not seen it documented, it seems that this originated with the mystics of Safed.
The long-standing Jewish custom is for Shabbat breads to be braided. Here's why.
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