Featuring Ilana Kleynerman, MHWOW Host in Boston, MA
Challah is the traditional braided bread that is served on Shabbat and special Jewish holidays. Round challah is served on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. According to The Nosher, there are many things that the round shape symbolizes: “the circular nature of our year and seasons, or how a round challah resembles a crown, thus crowning god the king on the New Year. And there is also another explanation, which that it is a way to distinguish the already sacred challah as something even more special and distinctive for the New Year. How is this night different from all others? Sweetness and fluidity and hope for the coming year.”
Whichever explanation feels right to you, there’s no doubt that it makes for a beautiful loaf. So use your favorite challah recipe and watch below to see one of our very own community builders, Ilana, walking you through how to braid a round challah for your Rosh Hashanah table this year.