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Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Challah for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year starts tonight at sundown. There are many food traditions associated with Rosh Hashanah, and one of them involves Challah — a braided egg bread.

In the Oven

We started baking Challah for Passover last year and continued baking it every Friday until things got really busy this summer. We quietly dropped it from the menu but I’ve always missed making it.

For Rosh Hashanah, we have brought our Challah out of retirement, but with some important differences. For this, one of the most important days of the Jewish calendar, the Challah is always shaped round.

Getting an Egg Wash

One reason is that it represents the crown of God. Another is that it represents the circle of life. Another tradition is to make Challah sweeter than usual in hopes of a “sweet” new year, and to add raisins to make it special. We did both of these things as well as increase the egg content to make it richer than our usual Challah.

This is a very special bread and it is always a pleasure to make something that carries so much meaning and tradition.  If you’d like a Rosh Hashanah Challah, please call the bakery so we can set one aside for you.