Sunday, April 15, 2007

Schlissel Challah

There is a custom to bake "Schlissel (key) Challah" after Pesach. I don't know the origins of this custom.

While we don't put an actual key in the challah, Eeees puts a dough key on top. As usual, the results were delicious.

The Wolf


orthomom said...

I posted about some of the origins of the tradition last year.

orthomom said...

Also, I actually bake a real key into the challah.

Nice Jewish Guy said...

This shlissel challah thing has been spreading like wildfire this weekend. I got an email about it on my local communityshuls mailing list. It's supposed to be a segulah for parnassah, yada yada.

I don't want to be accused of being a spiritual grinch, but can someone please explain to me the mechanism of segulahs like this? Why do we need these token gestures to persuade G-d to improve our lives? Isn't sincere, heartfelt prayer sufficient? Does G-d really go, "Oh, well, you went and put the key in the challah-- all right! Now, I guess I'll send you some more parnassah..."

It's hard for me to envision a G-d who operates like that, subject to such whimsicalities. Maybe it's the Litvak in me.

Lion of Zion said...

i heard about for this first time this year.

i'm with nice jewish guy on the segulah thing

Jacob Da Jew said...

That looks so yummy! I want some, please.