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Preparing a beautiful and holy Shabbat table

Preparing a beautiful and holy Shabbat table

One of the joys of Shabbat preparation is laying the Shabbat table. Just as halacha includes guidance for Shabbat attire, prayers, leisure and rest, there are rules regarding the Shabbat table. A special tablecloth, usually white, is used, and today some tablecloths (or table runners) are embroidered with Shabbat motifs. Often a flower vase is placed on the Shabbat table to enhance its beauty and allow us to appreciate the fantastic wonders of G-d's natural world. The pair of challahs, a remembrance of the double portion of manna that fell from heaven on Fridays in honor of the coming Shabbat, are placed on the table. The term "challah" is...

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Nylon cover or beauty bared?

Nylon cover or beauty bared?

After marrying and moving to Israel, my husband and I roamed the streets of Geula, looking for a pristine white challah cover to grace our Shabbat table.

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Challah cover: The bigger the better?

by Shani EichlerChallah 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 ofdesigns, styles...

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Rainbow Challah

Rainbow Challah

Looks like a joke, but this just might be worth a try. This rainbow challah was created by a Jewish culinary maestro by the name of Amy Kritzer. She used natural dyes including pomegranate juice, beet juice, harissa, paprika, turmeric, spinach, red cabbage and blueberries. But it takes a lot of work to pull it off -- not for the uninitiated or if you're pressed for time. Kritzer has a refreshing Jewish culinary blog called What Jew Wanna Eat.

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