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Cheesy challah

Cheesy challah

Can you smear butter on your challah? Can you make a dairy challah with cheese inside? Both are doable, but with certain caveats. There are various halachos regarding the baking of bread and challah, and one of those is that bread should always be pareve. However, there are a few exceptions to the rule. Cheese may be put on top of the challah, if clearly visible. When making dairy challah one should only bake enough for one meal. If you want to add dairy ingredients (milk, butter, cheese) in the actual dough it must be shaped differently from typical bread or challah. So recipes like this Spinach...

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How many calories in challah bread?

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How many calories in challah bread?

At least three people in our household (namely me, my wife and our eldest daughter) wouldn't mind shedding a few pounds (actually kg on our scale, since we're in Israel). Obviously the first step is basic info: getting a benchmark figure for the calorie content of a typical portion of challah. When I looked up user-submitted calorie info posted on websites that seem to have automatically generated figures, I get ridiculous data ranging from 80 calories per serving to 320 calories per serving; not very helpful, especially since there's no indication what the "serving size" is.Websites maintained by bread bakeries...

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Heirloom quality challah cover

Heirloom quality challah cover

I guess you could describe this challah cover in one word: "Wow." I keep coming back to the photo, and just gaze at it, wondering how the embroiderer at Kaftor Vaferach manages to get so much detail in. To get a good look, you have to view it on the manufacturer's website, here. Kaftor Vaferach is a veteran high-caliber textile and embroidery maker located in Jerusalem. They use very good quality velvet and offer a number of very successful designs. Most challah cover makers seem to be on one end of the spectrum or the other: (1) very colorful designs on satin or silk and...

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Keeping Shabbos: A word for beginners

Keeping Shabbos: A word for beginners

Is keeping Shabbos for me? What is the meaning of Shabbos? What's it all about? Here's a very brief, succinct primer from an unpublished book by Moish Slobodkin of Jerusalem: Without Shabbos you are not really living. Without Shabbos you are not quite a Jew, you are a sort-of Jew. On Shabbos it is an extremely important mitzvah to feast on special foods that your soul loveth: salmon perhaps, wonderful salads, special pastries, everyone’s different, something special likhvod Shabbos kodesh, something with which “to honor the holy Shabbos.” If you can’t afford special food, borrow and have faith that the...

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Blessing the children on Friday night

Blessing the children on Friday night

Let's start from at the end. My father has often said that he really feels Shabbos is over right at the end of Havdalah, when the Havdalah candle gets extinguished, with a quiet hiss, in the Havdalah wine. The beginning of Shabbos also has powerful moments. Sometimes you feel it while singing Lecha Dodi during Kabbalat Shabbat in shul. Sometimes you feel it as you stroll home. And many feel it when when giving the customary Friday-night blessing to their children. As you lay a hand on your child's head, your heart fills with hopes for the future...of a blessed...

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