Shlissel Challah – a Key to Wisdom

I keep repeating myself, Beautiful People, not only because I I am very short on time to write new posts (I do have some in the making, though), but also because the message of this post bears repetition: during this time of global isolation, let’s pull together and start fixing what needs to be fixed in the world!


Controversy is raging around this tradition, dating back to Middle Ages. Since we have laboriously and thoroughly divested our homes of all leavened bread in order to celebrate Passover, as we are commanded, Jewish women are faced with a task of baking the first challahs of the year. So we get creative and insert a little key – yes, an actual key! – into one of the challahs. Surprise!

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Here is my little key, wrapped in foil. Some women use their house keys, and I’ve heard of some wealthier ones who used to bake in safe deposit box keys. You get the idea: those ladies believe that baking a Shlissel Challah (Key Challah) will ensure a year of financial prosperity. Many authorities challenge this seemingly innocent custom, citing Biblical injunction against all omens, since finances and all our worldly possessions are in the Hand of the A-mighty. Nevertheless, we women…

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  1. A very good tradition, and a wonderful tip. Thank you very much. Be well and stay save. Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael, for your kind comment. You be well and stay safe, too!

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      1. postings are always so informative and funny too. Than you too, Dolly!

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      2. You are too kind, Michael.

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  2. Tabula Rasa says:

    In the UK it is tradition to stick little coins in to Christmas puddings and whomever gets a slice is supposed to be blessed (or cursed) with the coins contents.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this tradition with me. It’s very similar, other than we are not supposed to touch money on Shabbos, but a key is fine.

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  3. May we all be wise enough to number our days, and i pray all of your days will be blessed.

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    1. Amen! We say that those who bless other, are doubly blessed themselves. May your blessing extend to all you hold dear.


  4. purpleslob says:

    Safe deposit box keys? Wow!! Did they get them back , at the end of the meal?

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  5. Bread is a #1 staple food and kept Europe alive and well during the coldest seasons and deadliest wars.

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    1. Very true, and for us, bread is also imbued with special holiness.


  6. Thank you for that,very informative and I admire your vision and sharing the knowledge, peace and the best

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Be well and stay safe.


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