This Shabbat, Challah Is Key — But Why?
Today, the Instagram account Frumfun shared a great photo featuring a bearded man dressed in a shirt and slacks with a challah tied up in his tzitzit (a ritual garment with specially knotted fringes worn by religious Jewish men).
But what is the story behind this oddly-shaped, easily transported challah?
But the shape of the loaves also contain symbolic significance:
As Carol Unger writes on the Joy of Kosher blog, “It is a Jewish mystical teaching that [God]’s goodies are locked up and our prayers are the ‘key’s’ to opening His storehouse. The act of making schlissel challah is in and of itself regarded as a way to draw down the Heavenly blessing of parnassa or sustenance.”