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also cha·lah or hal·lah  (KHä′lə, hä′-)
A loaf of yeast-leavened egg bread, usually braided, traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath, holidays, and other ceremonial occasions.

[Hebrew ḥallâ; see ḫll in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈhɑːlə; Hebrew xaˈla) or


n, pl -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -ˈlɔt)
1. (Judaism) bread, usually in the form of a plaited loaf, traditionally eaten by Jews to celebrate the Sabbath
2. (Cookery) bread, usually in the form of a plaited loaf, traditionally eaten by Jews to celebrate the Sabbath
[from Hebrew hallāh]
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(ˈxɑ lə, ˈhɑ)

a rich, leavened, often braided white bread made with eggs, eaten esp. on the Jewish Sabbath.
[< Hebrew ḥallāh]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.challah - (Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeastchallah - (Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeast; often formed into braided loaves and glazed with eggs before baking
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
bread, breadstuff, staff of life - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
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I love telling the vegetable man that I'll need horseradish or soup greens." She boasts that she makes special trips to the fancier bakery to buy Sabbath challahs, and jumps at the chance to find challahs that are "more tasty, more authentic." This exuberance and ambition translates to making New Year honey cakes, Purim hamentaschen, all the Passover ceremonial foods, and nut and sponge cakes.
These days, go out to lunch in Portland and you can find babkas, challahs, bialys and deli ryes at Rose Foods, Union Bagel, Ten Ten Pie, and Fork Food Lab.
I also worked as a substitute teacher at Anshe Emet, a fine synagogue in Lakeview whose studentsmine, in the Second Gradewould typically school me about Bible stories as they munched on lunchtime grape juice and these mini egg challahs that I stockpiled when nobody was looking.
"I bake challahs every week and daven for women." As a formerly religious Jew, I understood what she meant: When she makes her Shabbat bread, she says prayers for sick people, including women trying to have a baby.
My mother had always insisted that her mother was an amazing baker, and her challah was second to none.