Challah Bake!

Challah! Have you, had it? Challah is a bread that is usually braided or round and is served on Jewish religious holidays, special ceremonies, and on the Sabbath. On Shabbat, the eve of the Sabbath, families gather around the table where two loaves of Challah are placed and serve as a reminder of the double portion of manna that fell from heaven on Friday, during the 40 years that the Israelites traveled in the desert. The Commandment of Challah comes from Numbers 15:19-20 and dates back to the Holy Temple, when one was required to donate a portion of their dough (bread) to the Priests-Kohanim. (

Something you may not know about me is that I taught kindergarten for about 8 years at a Jewish day school in Cincinnati and every Friday we would bring in Shabbat together as a school which of course meant Challah was served. I remember early on being so impressed by the beauty of this bread and the tradition of having it every Friday night.

When our twins attended preschool at the school, Landen became excited every Friday to have some Challah and would ask me to buy some each Friday. When school was out for the summer, he would continue to ask for it and it was the first homemade bread I ever tried my hand at so when I saw the Rise to the Occasion Emunah Challah Bake I had to join in on the fun!

If you’d like to try your hand at making Challah, click here for the FREE Challah Bake Booklet of the recipe and read about the wonderful mission work that is carried out by at by Emunah

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