Growing up in a Jewish household, I didn’t go a single Shabbat or holiday without Challah. If you don't know what it is, 1) you're missing out and 2) get some now! Challah is the amazing braided bread that your Jewish friends do not shut up about.

What is it?

Challah is braided bread, made with eggs served for Shabbat and many holidays. It has a bright golden exterior with a pillowy yellow interior and it's one of those foods that you can eat aimlessly until you finish the entire loaf. (I advise doing this, though, because you should be selfish and have all of the challah to yourself.)


The name challah originally derived from the Hebrew word used for portion in the biblical commandment. It stated that the first of your dough should be portioned out and given as a gift to the Lord throughout generations.


Challah can be formed into various shapes and sizes, which all have different meanings. According to My Jewish Learning the most common type is braided challah. It consists of three, four, or six strands because they look like intertwined arms, symbolizing love. Round loaves are baked for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to symbolize continuity because there is no beginning or end. And there isn’t just savory challah, there’s also sweet challahs with honey or raisins served during festive seasons to bring joy and happiness.

You can use challah in many different ways for whatever occasion you want. You can use it for french toast, challah bread pudding, as sandwich bread, or in its most simple form with just butter.

A huge part of Jewish holidays and Jewish culture revolves around food. We love talking over food, arguing over food, and even making up over food. Even if you're not Jewish, I highly recommend trying challah or talking to a Jewish friend about it. I promise, mention it and they'll platz!