challah

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Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish חלה (khlh), from Hebrew חַלָּה (loaf)

Noun[edit]

challah (countable and uncountable, plural challahs or challos)

  1. (countable) A traditional bread eaten by Ashkenazi Jews, usually braided for the Sabbath and round for Yom Tov.
  2. (uncountable) The commandment to separate a portion of bread or bread dough for the cohanim (Numbers 15:17–21); in contemporary practice, the portion is burned until inedible.
  3. (countable) The portion separated in fulfillment of the above.

Quotations[edit]

    • 2006, The Mishnah, seder Zeraim, tractate Challah, edition Personal-Size, Mesorah Publications, page 54, commentary on 1:7:
      ... it is a time-honored custom that when women bake challah-loaves for Sabbath and Yom Tov use, they specifically prepare a dough large enough to be obligated in challah, so they can fulfill the mitzvah of separating challah ....

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