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Challah: (lit. "bread loaf"); a) a tithe of dough for the Kohen; (b) a braided loaf baked in honor of Shabbat
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The pure, simple, unadorned word challah means “a loaf of bread.” However, in halachic terms the word challah has a very specific definition, and colloquially it came to mean a certain type of bread thousands of years later. The halachic definition of cha...
How to recite the blessing on bread at the Shabbat meal.
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Parshat Beshalach
In order to enable the Jews to observe Shabbat while wandering in the desert, G-d provided them with a double portion of manna on Friday. To commemorate this miracle, the Sages instituted that we break bread over two complete loaves at the start of every ...
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?
Question: My doctor recently ordered me off wheat. What do I do after Kiddush on Shabbat? Is there something else which I should eat instead of bread? Answer: First of all, let's understand why Kiddush must normally be followed by bread. The Talmud provid...
There are a number of reasons for this tradition. 1. When our ancestors traveled in the desert for forty years, they subsisted on the manna that miraculously fell from heaven every day. The challah we eat on Shabbat is actually in place of that manna. Sin...
Since their arrival in Singapore as Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in 1994, Rabbi Mordechai and Simcha Abergel have guided a renaissance for the Asian nation’s 1,000 Jews.
The long-standing Jewish custom is for Shabbat breads to be braided. Here's why.
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