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Rosh Hashanah Round Challah

  • Many have the custom to begin the Rosh Hashanah meals with round challahs. Some extend this custom and continue using round challahs for all Shabbat and holiday meals through Hoshanah Rabbah, the final day of judgment. These challahs are often filled with raisins and are sweeter than usual.

    Here are some classic reasons for this custom:

    1)Round challah is a traditional Rosh Hashanah treat.

    Our fate for the coming year is inscribed on Rosh Hashanah, sealed on Yom Kippur, and finalized on Hoshanah Rabbah. The round challahs have no end, symbolizing (and actualizing) our wish for a year in which life and blessings continue without end.

    2) On Rosh Hashanah we are allocated our income for the upcoming year. Try as we might, we cannot earn a penny more than G‑d decrees. Some may convince themselves that their wealth is dependent on their own prowess and ingenuity. In truth, however, our fortune is similar to a wheel. Just as a wheel turns, one’s fortune may go up or down, for everything is in the hands of G‑d.

    The Rosh Hashanah breadâ€"symbolizing all our sustenance for the coming year–is shaped like a wheel to remind us that who rises and who falls on the wheel of fortune is decided by G‑d alone.

    3) It is customary for Rosh Hashanah challahs to be studded with sweet raisins, which are made from grapes. The Jewish people are compared to grapes, and the round challah is reminiscent of the globe. Thus, the round raisin challah gives form to our wish that G‑d—who sustains the entire world—grant life and prosperity to His nation, the Jewish people

    3) As reflected in the liturgy of the day, a key theme of Rosh Hashanah is coronating G‑d (read more about that at Coronation of G‑d ). Some say that the round challahs resemble a crown, reminding us of the overarching theme of this sacred time.

    At Chabad we are offering freshly baked homemade round Challahs for you to enjoy. They will be available on Thursday, September 17 or Friday September 18th. If you wish you to have them at any other time please mention in the notes. They are $7 each. You can also  purchase for a friend and have them pick it up.

    May you be inscribed in the book of life for a sweet new year!

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