Roundabout Rosh Hashana

At Rosh Hashana, the requirement for hallot is much greater than at any other holiday.

September 14, 2017 13:43
3 minute read.
Challah bread

People eat Challah bread. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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It is common knowledge that hallot are typically round on Rosh Hashana, but do you know why? We would like to believe that the shape is symbolic and embodies the circle of life, symbolizing the closing and opening circles of the outgoing and upcoming years. Without wanting to dampen your inspiration regarding the symbolism of the round Rosh Hashana halla, I must inform you of an alternative theory as to the origin of the round halla on Rosh Hashana, one that as a professional baker I can attest to its veracity.

At Rosh Hashana, the requirement for hallot is much greater than at any other holiday, requiring commercial bakers to produce a much larger quantity in a short time. The halla that takes the shortest time to braid is a single-braid halla, gathered spirally in a round shape.


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