TIPS FOR MAKING SHLISSEL KEY CHALLAH. The key in the challah after Pesach is a request the God should open the Sha'arei Parnasah (gates of livelihood). Needless to say, this is not exactly consistent with the rationalist approach to Judaism. If, in the path of life, we successfully attempt to emulate G-d – then we will be rewarded. Our belief in G-d is not just limited to the notion that an omnipotent entity created the world. Now I see in Ta'amei HaMinhagim that the custom is to make an indentation of the key in the Challah (ostensibly by pushing it into the dough and baking it that way). The key alludes to the fact that these gates are now open and that we should focus our prayers ever more on that account. Perhaps the prayer of Lecha Dodi recited every Friday evening captures it best: Ki hi m’keor habracha – Shabbos is the source of all blessing. On dough! As far as the sources for Schlissel Challah, Alfassa writes as follows: “While the custom is said to be mentioned in the writings of Avraham Yehoshua Heshel (the “Apter Rav” 1748-1825) and in the Ta’amei ha-Minhagim (1891), there is no one clear source for shlissel challah. Last Shabbos, we would have read a fascinating Pasuk in Shir HaShirim – the standard reading for Chol HaMoed Pesach. What is the key? Bake in preheated 350 degree F. (175 degrees C.) oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until challahs are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. No. 2/3 cup of oil. 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. The custom of Schlissel Challah has become very widespread, not only in the Chassidish world but in many other communities as well. This, according to the Apter Rav is the reason for Schlissel Challah – baking a key inside the Shabbos Challah. He rewards good and punishes evil. On the Shabbos after Passover, just when you think you may never want to see the inside of a kitchen again, there is a particular custom to bake schlissel challah. The verse (Shir HaShirim 5:2) states, “”I was asleep but my heart was awake. How to shape a challah like a key for Shlissel Challah Shabbos from thekosherchannel.com Challah is called "the first" because it … My Challah Recipe. The custom some women (or men) have of baking the house key into the challah on the Shabbat following Pesach (also known as a shlissel [=key] challah) is explained with the following reasons: Based on “ Pitchi Li Achoti, Ra’ayati…. Home › Forums › Bais Medrash › Minhagim › Schlissel Challah This topic has 100 replies, 29 voices, and was last updated 5 years, 7 months ago by Joseph. The author can be reached at [email protected]. In other theologies they may be two separate concepts. In his work called Imrei Pinchas (#298) he explains that the reason to bake Schlissel Challah on the Shabbos following Pesach is that during Pesach, the gates to Heaven were opened and remain open until Pesach Sheni. A belief in the Oneness of G-d perforce also includes the notion that He defines what goodness is. The minhag to bake shlissel challah for the first Shabbos after Pesach is a long-standing one. It brings home the fact that it is the merit of Shabbos observance, and honoring it, that will re-open the gates of Shamayaim and bring us bracha – in all areas. Reposted from last year, at a friend's request. However, these conjectures are filled with serious scholarly errors. 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. (If burning it inside the oven, there should be no other food baking in the oven at the same time.) KJ School District fire suspicious; School Building is to remain closed. Chazal darshen this pasuk in Yalkut Shimoni (Shir HaShirim 988), “You have become My sister with the observance of the two Mitzvos in Mitzrayim the blood of the Korban Pesach and the blood of Bris Milah..Open for Me an opening like the eye of the needle and I (Hashem) shall open for you like the opening of a wide hall.”. The Taamei HaMinhagim (596 and 597) provides a number of reasons as well. There have been people that have questioned the origins of this beautiful minhag. Brush egg wash generously over the challah and sprinkle with different seeds on top of the challah in a pretty design. The rabbis understood this as God asking for us to open up within ourselves a small hole, even as small as the tip of a needle, and in return, God would open a larger hole. Both represent prayers for abundance and good fortune. The minhag to bake shlissel challah for the first Shabbos after Pesach is a long-standing one. With a thick dough, one should separate Challah after kneading the dough but before the bread is baked, and with a thin batter that can be poured, the Challah is separated after the cake is baked. Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt zt”l, known as the Apter Rebbe or Apter Rav (1748-1825) is the author of the Ohaiv Yisroel. Separate challah without a blessing: When using flour weighing between 1,230 and 1,666.6 grams ( between 2 lbs. The first portion of your kneading, you shall separate as a dough offering (challah)...In all your generations, give the first of your kneading as an elevated gift to G‑d (Numbers 15:20-21). In this instance, the person who gets the piece with the figurine wins a special prize.Â, O'Brien, Flann. It is now time to re-open them. The earliest reference is in the works of Rabbi Pinchas Shapiro of Koritz (born 1726), a descendent of the Megaleh Amukos and a student of the Baal Shem Tov. Brush with egg wash (using 1 whole egg slightly beaten) and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Burn the challah by wrapping it in a piece of silver foil and placing it in the broiler, or by any other method. For those whose Yiddish is a little rusty, schlissel means key – … But how? "Â, The custom is popular in communities that descend or have traditions coming from Poland, Germany, and Lithuania.Â, The making of this particular shape or style of challah is considered by those who bake it to be a segula (ritual or good omen) for parnassa (livelihood). ~Slip the key in between the braids of the challah as you shape it. Said to be superstitious, both the North African bsisa and the Ashkenazi shlissel challah traditions are practiced around Passover. Some challah bakers hide a real key inside a traditional plaited challah but others actually bake their Shlissel Challah in the shape of a key. In its more widely-known usage, the Hebrew word challah refers to the two loaves of bread that form the core of the Shabbat meal. When you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. Separate challah with a bracha, roll, and braid (see illustration, p. 122). We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. The meditative act of kneading, the nutty aroma of the baking loaf, and that first warm bite have won over bakers for millennia. 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. In some Jewish circles, there is the tradition of baking a special type of challah for the first Shabbat after Passover. Similarly, if a woman baked and placed in plastic bags 2 lbs. As far as the sources for Schlissel Challah, Alfassa writes as follows: “While the custom is said to be mentioned in the writings of Avraham Yehoshua Heshel (the “Apter Rav” 1748-1825) and in the Ta’amei ha-Minhagim (1891), there is no one clear source for shlissel challah. My husband remembers the Alte Kapishnitzer Rebbe, Reb Avrohom Yehoshua Heschel, niftar in 1968, telling every single person on Motzaei Pesach to remind “the shteeb” to make shlissel Challah. It is a sign of our deep belief in G-d – that it was He who Created the world. 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." The key in the shlissel challah is an ode to Jews opening a small hole so God can fulfill his end of the bargain.Â. (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a-b), There are many traditions in the Christian world of baking keys into cakes and bread. Chaviva Gordon-Bennett holds an M.A. How can he get to the inner parts (if he can’t first get into the outer parts)? The procedure is as follows: One breaks off a small piece (approximately a K'zayis ), and recites the Bracha . There are also other reasons to this custom in Klal Yisroel. 11.4 oz. 27. If they are wrapped and then placed in one container, Challah is taken, however, a bracha is not recited. amount varies depending on the climate) You can use all white, part whole wheat or a mixture. To quote the Sefer HaTodah by R’Eliyahu Kitov: “The Shabbat after Pesach when we announce the coming of Iyar some…have the custom to make challah in the form of … Dates, Traditions, Story, Fasting, Festivities and Food Customs of the Jewish Holiday Purim, Learn About Tu B'Shevat "New Year for the Trees", M.A., Judaic Studies, University of Connecticut, B.J., Journalism and News Editorial, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 4 1/2 cups of lukewarm water (baby's bath temperature) 2 flat tablespoons of instant yeast. 14 cups of flour (approxmiately. For a variety of challah recipes, ranging from Honey Whole Wheat to Double Chocolate Chip to Gluten-Free, go to The Nosher, MyJewishLearning’s lively food blog.Or click here for a traditional challah recipe.. Baking bread satisfies in many ways. My beloved was knocking: ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one!..’” In this verse, Hashem is talking to Klal Yisroel. 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. Here's how I know that the Almighty has a sense of humor. Why Schlissel Challah? Separate challah with a blessing: When using at least 1,666.6 grams (3 lbs. Why? Normal, IL; Dalkey Archive Press, 1968. 393. in Judaic Studies. in one freezer – Challah is taken without a bracha… In the mystical teachings of Kabbalah, there are 50 "gates" or levels of understanding, so as Jews go from day to day during the omer, each day/gate needs a key for access. One Irish source tells the story of men in communities under attack saying, "Let our women-folk be instructed in the art of baking cakes containing keys."Â. On Easter, Christians would bake a symbol of Jesus into their bread to symbolize Jesus "rising" from the dead. There are many reasons, sources, and histories that highlight this uniquely-styled bread for Shabbat.Â, There are those who bake their challah in the shape of a key, some who bake a challah and merely add on a piece of dough in the shape of a key, and then there is the tradition of baking a key into the challah.Â, Still, there are others who actually bake their challah to look like the unleavened matzah (unleavened bread) that were just eaten on Passover. The key is added in to allude to the gates of heaven that are kept open from Passover to Passover Sheni, or Second Passover.Â, Others will bake normal challah loaves and simply place sesame seeds in the shape of a key on top of the bread.Â, During Passover, Jews read from Shir haShirim, the Song of Songs, which says, "Open for me, my sister, my beloved." Once your account is created, you'll be logged-in to this account. Do not separate challah: When … This is a well observed custom you might want to try for yourself. I get to make a bracha! This Shabbos, following Pesach, has an added emphasis for a blessed livelihood, as explained in an article by Rabbi Ari Enkin: There is a widespread custom to prepare a “shlissel challa” –“key challah” — on the Shabbat following Pesach. Then seprate a portion of about a k'zayit (a shot glass amount). The Belzer Rebbe (Choshvei Machshavos p. 152) provided the explanation that although the Geulah may not have happened yet as it was scheduled to occur on Nissan, at least the key to Hashem’s storehouse of parnassah and plenty have been opened. By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times, “Yes, Mommy, but what does the key mean? Indeed, this is the raison d’être of Creation itself – so that Hashem – G-d can reward those who do good and follow His will . 1. The Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 15) tells us that challah is one of the three things for which God created the world. Separate a small piece of dough, approximately one ounce, and say: "This is challah." Why do we put it in the Challah dough?”. During Passover, it is said that all of the upper gates of heaven are open and that after it ends, they are closed. Don't Forget the Shlissel Challah, redux Yom revi'i, 24 Nisan 5770. ” (“Open up, my darling…”. 1 cup warm water 1 1/2 Tbsp yeast 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla Click here and here for more information on the history of Shlissel Challah (two great sites with tons of wonderful history and I couldn’t decide which one to share with you, so you get both). Challah (/ ˈ x ɑː l ə /, Hebrew: חַלָּה ‎ Halla or ; 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).Ritually-acceptable challah is made of dough from which a small portion has been set aside as an offering. The talmud says "the one who answers amen to a bracha, receives more merit than the one who makes the bracha", this may be how this custom began. Altruism, goodness, and ethical behavior are not the results of evolutionary biology – no, they are part and parcel of the Creator Himself. Parnassah, Torah, Nachas and all matters. Many keys contain lead so it is usually best to wrap the key in foil as well. In order to open them, Jews place a key in the challah.Â, There is a concept in Judaism of yirat Shayamim or fear of heaven. Shabbos has always been viewed as the symbol or flag of the Jewish nation. In these households, the symbol baked into bread was a key. At one time, keys were manufactured in the form of the cross in lands where Christianity was prominent. But it is more than this too. Most of the reasons have to do with the Kabbalistic notion of “Tirayin Petichin” that the gates to Heaven are opened. To quote the Sefer HaTodah by R’Eliyahu Kitov: “The Shabbat after Pesach when we announce the coming of Iyar some…have the custom to make challah in the form of a key and to sprinkle it with sesame seeds. Just as patriots look at their flag as more than a mere dyed cloth with fancy designs, so too is Shabbos viewed in the eyes of the Jewish people. 10.8 oz.). One reason for this stems from events that occurred in the days after Yehoshua (Joshua) took over the leadership of the nation of Israel. How do we re-open the gates of Shmayaim so that our prayers can once again receive entry? It is alleged to be a segulah for parnassah (sustenance). The Shabbos following Pesach, there is a custom of some to bake “Schlissel Challah” – challah in the design of a key, alleged to be a segulah for parnassah.. This custom is known as shlissel challah—shlissel from the German language shlüssel (key) and challah or hallah from the Hebrew for bread. 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