Posts Tagged: Challah Results 44
Challah has never been just bread to me. I grew up watching my father proof his yeast every Friday at dawn before he’d race off to do rounds at the hospital, returning at midday to punch down and knead the aromatic dough before braiding and baking it.
Chinese New Year celebrations are in full swing this week. And we can’t help but notice how similar the Chinese New Year is to the Jewish one. Take, for instance, the fact that the Chinese and Jewish calendars both follow the same Metonic cycle (lunar and solar), which allows holidays to fall out roughly the same time each year as they do on the Gregorian calendar (aka the calendar of the secular world). Or the fact that they both incorporate symbolism into their celebrations. Or the fact that food is featured prominently in both.
More than 1,000 Jewish children from across New York City will gather at the Grand Hyatt on Super Bowl Sunday to make challah — one loaf to take home and one for a family in need.
It’s rare that I walk into the Forward offices and don’t see animated faces and hear lively conversation. But on Wednesday morning, after a long, stressful night of watching and covering the election returns, the Forward staff was quiet; editors and writers sat bleary eyed and pale before computer screens, or moved slowly to and from the coffee machine in the pantry, zombie-like.
Over smoked fish and coffee at Russ & Daughters Café on a recent morning, I asked Uri Scheft to tell me his favorite bread. “The last one that came out of the oven,” he said, without missing a beat. He was teasing, of course — but those words might as well be his professional mantra.