Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah
Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 18, 2011
I’ve been rather quiet lately because we’ve been busy with house renovations (which is a grandiose way of saying that we’re trying to keep a crumbling, decrepit little flat from falling to pieces completely!). Just little things like a couple new a/c units, several new units, and (gulp!) a potentially very expensive bathroom makeover, because the tiles and grouting are reaching the point of no return…..
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (two-day holiday) is next week, followed immediately by Shabbat, so that’s a lot of cooking and baking because most of the work has to be done in the days preceding the holiday. That means figuring out which meals we’re invited out for, which guests we’re having over (with appropriate menus for preferences, age ranges), and which ones we’ll be alone, just the three of us. This is the first time in five years that our son will be with us for Rosh Hashanah. The years that he was in a yeshiva high school, he was away at his school for the holiday. It will be nice having him around for a change.
Round challah is traditional on Rosh Hashanah. There are a lot of explanations for this custom: on Rosh Hashanah we celebrate the kingship of the Almighty, so we make a challah that looks like a crown. A round challah symbolizes the cycle of the years. There are lots of other customs associated with Rosh Hashanah, but I’m only mentioning the round challah in this posting and leaving you with a video that explains how to make different kinds of round challah. Even if you don’t make challah, try one of these methods if you want your loaves to look especially impressive for a holiday! Whether they’re glazed with beaten egg and sprinkled with seeds or left plain, they will look stunning and people who don’t know how easy it is will wonder how you did it.
If you prefer to print the instructions and refer to them while shaping the loaves, Tamar Ansh’s article has photos. If you need recipes, follow the links on the right sidebar of this article.