Judaism allows and encourages the use of our minds. First of all, the second mishna in Rosh Hashanah says on Pesach we are judged on the grains, parnasa. There, a ‘baby Jesus’ toys baked into a whole cake, and whoever finds the baby in their piece has to buy the next day's cake. What I do believe in is prayer. “Segulas II: Be-emunah Shlaimah: With Perfect Faith.” mesora.org/segulasII.htm. I believe in a direct connection to G-d, Who is always available to listen. means the Mishkan was made with zahav, the aspect of tzimtzum, but with the nekuda of kesef, meaning the (word “zahav”, instead of having the usual vowel, kometz, is written with the) nekuda of patach, which is chesed. Grant us your protection (as yeast in Hebrew is called shimarim which translates to protection) now and always. We will discuss this later on. (See Ohev Yisroel, Shabbos Acher Pesach), Different ways of making Shlissel Challah. 8. Here are 12 amazing ideas to start your year of challah-eating off right, from balsamic apple date challah to chocolate walnut challah. It is up to each of us to halt legitimizing any extrahalakhic or even extraminhagic activities. In Spain, there is a tradition of placing a small Jesus doll inside a cake and whoever finds it must take it to the nearest church on February 2, Candlemas Day (Día de la Candelaria), which celebrates the presentation of Jesus in Jerusalem. We had both forgotten what was unique about this […] Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C while you let your shlissel challah rise for 20–30 minutes. Pray; help me to have simcha (happiness) in my home, in my life. If I may humbly add, when we are making the challah to have in mind the parnasa of others also, and also those who don’t have children and most importantly daven for techias hamaeisim. Oh geez. Rosh Hashanah is known for challah — specifically, round-shaped challah. 212 / Also, this very subjective concept has its origin in the Talmud (Gemara RH 21b), and even there, there is more than one interpretation. Both represent prayers for abundance and good fortune. Left to Right:  Trustee, Ari Brown, Mayor Andrew J. Parise, TheFiveTowns.com Editor Suri Davis-Stern, Village Administrator Salvatore Evola. In honor of that I wore my challah hu akbar shirt to the shuk today. He teaches that God is the only One we may serve and praise; that we may not act in this way toward anything beneath God, whether it be an angel, a star, or one of the elements; there are no intermediaries between us and God; that all our prayers should be directed towards God; and that nothing else should even be considered. Chazal say that Hashem asks us to open up for Him a small whole like the tip of a needle and He will open up a huge hole for us. Then sprinkle with white sesame Then sprinkle them with This is also practiced in the U.S. state of Louisiana beginning at Mardi Gras and practiced for 30 days after. We invite you to use our Search tool, and our Philosophy and Bible Study links to continue learning about the Bible, the Jewish religion. The Ohev Yisroel says about shlisel challah that “the minhagim of our fathers are most definitely Torah”. London 1776. [4] A photograph of a shlissel challah exists in the Encyclopedia Judaica, 1972 edition, volume 6 page 1419. Several clever ideas have been devised which attempt to connect the non-Jewish idea of ‘key bread’ to the Torah, however these all fail to bring a Jewish wrapper to a wholly non-Jewish tradition. This shlissel challah thing has been spreading like wildfire this weekend. If you make more than one challah, even better! The key, or shlissel as it is called in Yiddish, is meant to symbolize openings, passageways, and transition. [3] While a metal key is often baked within the bread, some form the bread itself into the shape of a key or even arrange sesame seeds on top in the form of a key. [16] Driscoll, James F. “Paschal Lamb.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. And the Shabbos after Pesach is always in the second week of sefira which is gevurah, the aspect of zahav, except that it is menukad with kesef, nekudas patach. Increasingly, tefillot (prayer) is being trumped by what is ‘cool,’ ‘the in thing,’ or being ‘with it.’ The truth of the matter is, often in the observant Jewish world, people care more about ‘fitting in’ with their peers, then with God. 395-406. Shlissel Challah and Segulah Now to the segulah of Shlissel Challah, which is to either bake a key into a challah, or to form the challah in the shape of a key for the first Shabbat after Passover. There are many reasons given for this minhag of baking shlissel challah; we will go through some of them. When I started writing this I did not realize how much information there was on this minhag which is done only once a year. This was when Christianity emerged in Roman Judea as a Jewish religious sect which gradually spread out of Jerusalem. Through this we say that we will open up all the gates of blessing and since every gate has a חתפמ (key) we make the image of a key on the challah. Further, the connection to the Omer is clearly out of context, as what the Gemara says is that “Fifty gates of understanding were created in the world, and all were given to Moshe except one.” This, of course, is completely unrelated to the topic of the Omer. [26] thefivetowns.com/images/schlisseltefillah.pdf, [27] thekosherchannel.com/kosher-recipes-blog.html, [28] backoftheshul.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3581, [29] asimplejew.blogspot.com/2007/04/guest-posting-by-talmid-shlissel.html, [30] imamother.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=149108, [31] imamother.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2033, [32] jewishupdates.com/2011/05/09/key-to-lakewood%E2%80%99s-town-hall-used-for-shlissel-challah/, [34] You shall count for yourselves - from the day following the holiday, the day when you bring the omer as a wave-offering - for seven complete weeks. I learnt a valuable lesson. . 1726), a student of the Baal Shem Tov, taught that the gates of heaven are open during Pesach and for a short period following. An older, more common challah tradition than shlissel challah is praying for others right before performing the mitzvah of separating challah from the dough. Either way, please have her in mind in your tefillos. It stands with a light beside it on the table all through the festival season.” See: Frazer, James George. Shlissel means “key,” and the custom involves either baking the challah in the shape of a key, or wrapping ones real house (or business) key in foil and pressing it into the underside of the challah before baking. Too long and it will lose its shape. Some opinions indicate rabbinic evidence shows that in Jerusalem the Jewish paschal lamb was offered in a manner which resembled a crucifixion. There is an interesting custom that reoccurred recently – the custom of baking a “Shlissel Challah” on the Shabbos immediately following Passover. Shlissel or Key Challah, makes the first challah after Pesach even more special. Don’t let it rise too much or it may lose some of its beautiful shape. Putting it all together, this that we say in Shir Hashirim תּוֹרֵי זהָָב נעֲַשֶׂה לָךְ עִּם נקְֺדּוֹת הַכָסֶׂף. We bake shlissel challah, and I promise you neither my wife nor I rely on it to pay the bills. May we all be blessed with parnasa berevach together with all of Klal Yisroel. Am Yisrael was not created to lose itself in such folklore, and Judaism without disciplined study is nothing but folklore. At the bottom of the daf is the mishna mentioning the women’s mitzvah of challah. I don't want to be accused of being [14]Justin Martyr, also known as just Saint Justin (103–165 CE), was an early Christian apologist. The Gemara in Taanis says there are three keys that Hashem controls directly, without the assistance of Malachim. Another segulah for livelihood is to bake a shlissel challah (bread for Shabbat in the shape of a key). This custom is known as shlissel challah — shlissel from the German language shlüssel (key) and challah or hallah from the Hebrew for bread. [17] Herzog, Marvin. The Irish in particular have been known to bake a key in the shape of a cross inside the bread during the Easter period. Yet, last week, my wife spent the better part of Friday afternoon running from grocery store to supermarket in the pursuit of . Made either in the shape of a key or with a key baked inside, the special bread is known as shlissel challah , with shlissel being the Yiddish word for "key." New York: Ktav, 1986. “From The Crucifixion of the Paschal Lamb.” The Jewish Quarterly Review, New Series, Vol. Normal, IL; Dalkey Archive Press, 1968. London: Macmillan and Co., 1920. rn from the Hebrew pessah, which means “to be born on, or to be associated with, Passover day.” Since the Hebrew holiday Passover coincides closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the Latin word came to be used for both occasions. And חתפ (the vowel) also means opening like רעשו חתפ- from there comes all the, kindness. VII. [12] This includes women of all backgrounds, including Hassidic and non-Hassidic, Modern Orthodox, etc. groups.yahoo.com/group/FrumSingleMoms/message/663, [6] imamother.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=111317 Poll was in April 2010, [7] O'Brien, Flann. He works at the Center for Jewish History in NYC. From a mishna we already see that there is a connection between Pesach and parnasa. “…as hovering birds, so will the Lord of hosts shield Jerusalem. Needless to say, this is not exactly consistent with the rationalist approach to Judaism. The Hallah Book. The need for a quick ‘spiritual fix’ such as baking a bread with a key in it and hoping God rewards the baker(s), seems to have replaced the desire for pure prayer with kavanah (intrinsic intent). (See: Tabory, Joseph. Preheat the oven; while it is heating, brush your challah with a beaten egg. On the Shabbos following Pesach, there is a custom of some to bake "Shlissel Challah" - challah with the design of a key, or challah with a real key actually baked into it. Sefer Hatoda’ah mentions making the image of a key with sesame seeds on top of the challah. The Gemara quoted by the Yismach Yisroel (reason 6), about the key, is at the top of daf 31b. [2] Note: as of late, this custom is becoming increasingly common among Sephardic Jews as well due to co-mingling of communities and day-to-day social intercourse. One commenter in a thread of one of the posts above wrote that a prominent rav “called this shlissel challah minhag "ridiculous 302 (Thanks go to Rabbi Yossie Azose who led me to this mention. [15] Paschal derives from the Latin paschalis or pashalis, which means “relating to Easter,” from Latin pascha (‘Passover,’ i.e. It is a segulah for parnassah, and fun, too![33]. This is a well observed custom you might want to try for yourself. For information or to advertise, email us at thefivetowns@aol.com or call (516) 569 4671. Just because people DO things doesn't mean they believe in or even think about the reasons why these things were (allegedly or truly [5] [Shlissel Challah for Refuah Shlaima] (Are you or anyone you know baking challah this week? The Golden Bough. I can't believe you used my Challah Hu Akbar graphic for a post on Shlissel Challah. Someone is trying to put together a group of 'bakers' for a zechus for a complete refuah shelayma for Rochel Leah Bas Miriam Toba[.] There is a custom to bake key-shaped or Shlissel challah in honor of the Shabbat after Pesach. Rabbeinu Nissim asks if we are judged on Rosh Hashana then how are we judged on Pesach? This custom is known as shlissel challah — shlissel from the German language shlüssel (key) and challah or hallah from the Hebrew for bread. Either way it is done the key or image of the key is usually on top. Binghamton: Vail-Ballou Press, 2002. (Some of the items written below can also be found in Taamei Minhagim, Nitei Gavriel, Sefer Hatoda’a and Minhag Yisroel Torah). Nonetheless, it’s well known that HaRambam himself would have been utterly against the practice of baking a key into a bread which allegedly could influence the Almighty. It is alleged to be a segulah for parnassah(sustenance). The more I looked into shlissel challah the more I found in seforim written by Rabbonim who were geonim in every part of Torah, nistar and nigleh, and tzadikim in every aspect, between “man and God” and “between man and man”. I asked around and found out that my Jewish friends were making something called ‘Shlissel Challah.’ After a bit of research and a lot of Google searches, I learned this ‘key bread’ is a custom of many Ashkenazi women (Jews with family roots in countries of Europe and Asia) to place a key inside the dough of a loaf of challah or shape the dough like a key the weekend after Passover. The alleged indication is that the key that is put in the challah alludes to the letters מפתח (key) spell פ״ת ח׳ מ׳צות. Part 5. Shelomo Alfassa is a Judaic studies educator and author who focuses on history, rabbinics and talmud. They are rain, which the Gemara explains is parnasa, childbirth (or conception) and techias hameisim. 21. Until the after the seventh week you shall count - fifty days…. It seems (from both of the above sources) that the minhag was to bake the key on top of the challah not inside (a la the old Binghamton: Vail-Ballou Press, 2002. [23] While some families have a minhag (tradition) of schlisshel challah, others have none. Breslov Customs for Pesach (page 57) says this is the minhag of the family of Reb Elazar Kenig shlita and of Manistritch. [4] Note: In the once popular The Hallah Book, the author mentions that key bread originated in eighteenth century Ukraine, but did not provide a source or citation. Perhaps this is done because of the wording in many places of indenting the challah with a key. posuk תּוֹרֵי זהָָב נעֲַשֶׂה לָךְ עִּם נקְֺדּוֹת הַכָסֶׂף, connecting the written and oral Torah to challah. You can do this by slipping a key directly in the challah, by baking it in the dough VII. He answers that on Pesach it is determined how much grain there will be in the coming year for the world, but on Rosh Hashana it is decided how much of that grain each individual receives. dough. 158 (It’s been supposed the British custom of ‘cross-buns,’ small rolls with a cross on them eaten on the Christian holiday of Good Friday {the Day of the Cross}, probably arose from this.). New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. On the far end of the scale, it can be said that shlissel challah observance is a nothing less than ‘the way of the Amorites.’ It is precisely this type of behavior and observance which Jews are supposed to separate themselves from, so it doesn’t go on to influence our thoughts and deeds. This week is the week to bake shlissel challah, challah imprinted with or shaped like a key. Further, modern commentators have exploited the name of HaRambam (Maimonides), to indicate that he demonstrates an association between the idea of a key with challah. [11] Similar, there are modern non-Jewish customs, such as in Mexico, where a ‘baby Jesus’ figurine is baked into cupcakes; often, the child who finds it wins a prize. It's supposed to be a segulah for parnassah, yada yada. 212 / Also, this very subjective concept has its origin in the Talmud (Gemara RH 21b), and even there, there is more than one interpretation. REASONING BEHIND SCHLISSEL CHALLAH Shlissel Challah There is a minhag to bake shlissel challah (shlissel means key in Yiddish) for the Shabbos after Pesach.Shlisel challos are best known as a segula for parnasa, though there are other reasons for it, as we will soon see. Separate Challah Prayer-Sephardim: 4. A popular one attempts to inexplicably connect the idea of a spiritual “gate” to a physical “key,” during the period when Jews count the 49 days during the Omer up to the 50th day which is the holiday of Shavuot. There is a tradition in some Jewish communities to make shlissel challah the week after Pesach. 1419-20 for a photo of a shlissel challah (and other “special” challot). Shlissel or Key Challah, makes the first challah after Pesach even more special. During Pesach all the upper gates and minds are open and after Pesach they close and we need to open them. pig’s bone or a key, or three dints are made in it with a buckle or a piece of charcoal. Rabbi Pinchas Shapiro of Kovitz (b. 3/4 (Jan.-Apr., 1996), pp. [24] It also occasionally takes place by those in the Reform and Conservative synagogue movements and at ‘JCC’ Jewish Community Centers. Here to the key is on top and the challah on the bottom. Ritually-acceptable challah is … 302 (Thanks go to Rabbi Yossie Azose who led me to this mention. It is one of HaRambam’s clear principles that any belief in an intermediary between man and God (including a physical object), is considered heretical to the Torah. The custom of Schlissel Challah has become very widespread, not only in the Chassidish world but in many other communities as well. (Lev. Based on this there are customs in Sephardic communities to do things Motzei Pesach as a sign that we want Hashem to give us livelihood. This would certainly include baking a key inside a loaf of bread and/or shaping a bread in the form of a key, then expecting it to either change your fortune or influence your future. You can do this by slipping a key directly in the challah, by baking it in the dough or placing it in the braids as you shape. ber 1, 2011 (This includes the Shulamith School for Girls in Brooklyn, NY, the first Orthodox Jewish elementary school for girls in North America). [35] From Rabbi Jacob ben Sheshet of Spain, is where we find the the concept and idea that the fifty gates (examined by the original kabbalists in the milieu of where the Zohar was written), represent a way to understand the Torah, “Fifty gates consist of five sets of ten gates, each set explicating one of the five parts of the Pentateuch.” See: Idel, Moshe. [36] Such alleged connections are baseless and are only meager attempts to legitimize the idea of shlissel challah. [9] This was no different than the poor Jews of the ‘old world,’ who often would not have holy books but would certainly have a mezuzah on their door which they considered a holy script in their own home. (פ״ת is bread, representing the “hamets” and מ׳ is for matsa- these allude to Hilkhot Hamets uMatsa, and the ח׳ is the 8 mitsvot involved). [10] Another account mentions a key in a loaf: “In other parts of Esthonia [sic], again, the Christmas Boar [cake], as it is called, is baked of the first rye cut at harvest; it has a conical shape and a cross is impressed on it with a pig’s bone or a key, or three dints are made in it with a buckle or a piece of charcoal. Hoping for a double blessing, I combine both traditions: adding traditional bsisa ingredients (raisins, almonds, spices and sprinkles) to shlissel challah—even if it seems overly superstitious. Further, the connection to the Omer is clearly out of context, as what the Gemara says is that “Fifty gates of understanding were created in the world, and all were given to Moshe except one.” This, of course, is completely unrelated to the topic of the Omer. One person wrote, “the origins of shlissel challah is completely avodah zarah [idol worship].” Ouch.

Turn the dough out onto a floured worktop and divide into 12 equally sized pieces. Scavenger hunts usually do not find their way on to the Shabbos preparation “To Do” list maintained by my family. Also, Klal Yisroel is called a bride and they are called the bechina (aspect) of bread. Police non-emergency number: Some place an actual key in the challah. The baking of shlissel challah is an artisan endeavor and part of the new custom of the large group challah-baking events, which I see as a related phenomenon. Educated Jews should help to promote Torah sources to our friends and neighbors, not false practices which are of non-Jewish origin and have nothing to do with Judaism. On the ˜irst Shabbos after Pesach, many people have the custom to bake “shlissel (key) challah.” The earliest mention of the is in minhagImrei Pinchas (#298), a sefer written by Rav Pinchas Shapiro of Koritz, a of the Baal Shem Either way one performs this minhag they are all correct and all have holy sources. לָּה‎ Halla [χa'la] or [ħa'lɑ]; plural: challot, Challoth or challos) is a special bread in Jewish cuisine, usually braided and typically eaten on ceremonial occasions such as Shabbat and major Jewish holidays (other than Passover). the Easter Passover’), Greek Πάσχα, Aramaic pasḥā, in turn from the Hebrew pessah, which means “to be born on, or to be associated with, Passover day.” Since the Hebrew holiday Passover coincides closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the Latin word came to be used for both occasions. This is a well observed custom you might want to try for yourself.

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