Challah cover: The bigger the better?

by Shani Eichler

Challah covers serve a very important job in your Shabbos meal, namely covering those delicious challahs until HaMotzi is recited. And, while a napkin will do, a nice cover does the job a whole lot better. However, with so many different styles and options floating around the internet, it can often be hard to choose the cover that works best for you. Do you go with function (the text of Kiddush embroidered clearly on top) or fashion (that lace is sure to be a conversation starter)?

Size Matters

Like the people who use them, challah covers come in an array of
designs, styles and sizes; each detail geared towards a different
consumer. For example, it is often found that high-end manufacturers tend
to make larger challah covers, and while many may want to veer towards that
direction, it is important to keep in mind that more than anything, a challah
cover needs to function right. So, while a large, high-end challah cover may make a strong impression and greatly enhance the appearance of your Shabbos table, if it’s too big and covering your whole table, then it isn’t the one you want.

Moreover, it is important to consider the price of the challah cover. Generally
speaking, not only are the high-end covers bigger, but the bigger covers are
more expensive. Size doesn’t necessarily translate to price, but it is
safe to assume that more fabric means a higher price tag.

Oftentimes the size of your challah cover will simply come down
to the basics; how big is your table, how big is your challah and how big is your
budget? Because, while the style of your cover (and the beauty it brings to
your table) should be a consideration, it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor.
At the end of the day, fashion does best when it follows function, so
before you spend your money, make sure you know what you’re buying.

Shani Eichler is a third-year student in Bar Ilan University studying English
Literature and Communications. She was born in New York but moved to Israel
at a young age where she now lives with her family.

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