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Leviticus 23:23-25 - Rosh Hashanah Challah

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

"Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 'Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a memorial of blowing (shofarot), a holy convocation. You are to do no regular work, and you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai.'" (Leviticus 23:23-25 TLV)

Rosh Hashanah is coming up soon! For Rosh Hashanah, we change the form of challah into a round braid and add raisins to the dough. There are a couple of reasons why.

A round braid is a crown, specifically the crown of God. In Christian circles, this also means Jesus' crown, both the thorns that He bore on the cross and His heavenly, kingly crown.

We mix in raisins to the dough (sorry dogs). Raisins are dried grapes, which have intense biblical meaning. Jesus used the analogy of grape vines to signify believers' relationship with Himself.

Find more Jewish meanings from Chabad.

Extra Ingredients

- 1 cup of raisins

- Cinnamon (a generous amount, enough to significantly change the color of the dough)

1. Start with my challah recipe.

2. Make the dough as normal, but add in the raisins and cinnamon.

3. Let the dough rise for 1 1/2 hours

4. Form the dough into a round braid.

5. Put on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with a damp towel or cling wrap.

6. Let braided challah rise for 1 hour.

7. Bake in 375ºF oven for 30-40 minutes.

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