Shavei Israel | Baking challah in El Salvador

Baking challah in El Salvador

Baking challah in El Salvador

In the Biblical tractate of Pirkei Avot, it is written “Im ein kemach, ein Torah,” which means that “without sustenance [kemach], there cannot be Torah.” But kemach is also Hebrew for bread, and on Shabbat the phrase could be read “without a yummy challah or two, it’s not really the Sabbath.”

Creative interpretation? Perhaps. But the women of the Bnei Anousim community in El Salvador took that message to heart.

At a recent event in the capital city of San Salvador, several dozen Jewish women got together to prepare lots and lots of challah.

It was a competition: each woman received a bowl with all the ingredients she needed and – ready set go! The nicest challah won a prize for its proud baker.

El Salvador’s Bnei Anousim community come together to celebrate Shabbat every week without fail at San Salvador’s Beit Israel – even when a challah baking contest is not on the agenda.

We have pictures. Which challah would you vote for?

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Brian Blum
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