How to Separate Challah:
A Complete Guide to the Mitzvah of Hafrashat Challah








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Four-Strand Challah

Festive Knot Rolls

Figure-Eight Rolls

Star-of-David Challah

Grape-Shaped Challah


Four-Strand Challah


four-strand challah
1.    Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Knead each part into a smooth ball and  roll each ball into a ropelike strand. Lay the strands side by side and pinch together at the top.

2.     Grasp the leftmost strand and pass it to the right, under the two strands adjacent to it, and then back toward the left, over one strand (the one closest to it now).

3.     Grasp the rightmost strand and pass it to the left, under the two strands adjacent to it (which have already been braided), and then back to the right, over one strand.

4.     Alternately repeat steps 2 and 3.

5.     When done braiding, pinch the ends of the strands together.

four-strand challah instructions

Festive Knot Rolls




1.    Form a ball of dough and roll it into a long, ropelike strand, about 12 inches (30 cm) long and 1 inch (about 2 cm) in diameter.

2.   Form a loop with one long end and one short end, as shown.

3.    Thread the long end through the loop.

4.    Pinch the two ends together on the bottom of the roll.


             
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Figure-Eight Rolls



challah roll braiding1.   Form a ball of dough and roll it into a long, ropelike strand, about 12 inches (30 cm) long and 1 inch (about 2 cm) in diameter.

2.    Arrange the strand as shown.

3.    Grasp the short end in your left hand, and with your right hand pass the long end under the short end. Thread the long end through the loop, from the top of the roll to the bottom.


                        
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Star-of-David Challah

  
star-of-david challah        star-of-david challah       

           

Grape-Shaped Challah


       Grape-Shaped Challah             Grape-Shaped Challah


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The Art of Braiding


This section in our book includes:


Braiding Instructions:

Three-Strand Challah
Four-Strand Challah
Six-Strand Challah
One-Strand Challah
Rose Challah
Festive Knot Rolls
Figure-Eight Rolls


Speciality Shapes:

Family Challah
Blossom Challah
Crown-Shaped Challah
Double-Decker Challah
Twists
Ring Challah
Five-Ringed Challah
Tin-Can Bread
Star-of-David Challah
Grape-Shaped Challah
"Chamsah" Challah


Challahs for Shabbat and Festivals:

Shabbat Challah Traditions
Challahs for Rosh Hashana
Challahs for Before Yom Kippur
Challahs for Hoshana Rabbah
Challahs for Chanukah
Challahs for Purim
Challah for the Shabbat after Pesach: Key-Shaped Challah
Challahs for Shavuot




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Separating Challah
A step-by-step guide to hafrashat challah, excerpted from the challah book.
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