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What is Challah?
A. In Halachic terms, the word Challah has a very specific definition, and colloquially, it came to mean a certain type of bread thousands of years...

Why do we send away the angels on Friday before eating?
There are two reasons given: One is that the angels may have to leave if things turn out not as peaceful as they should be. The other is that the angels...

Where can I find the prayers for the Friday Night Shabbat meal?
Right here. (I would also recommend a small book called "The Shabbat Table Companion", which you can...

Why is the Challah dipped in salt before it is eaten?
Important note: We always dip the bread in salt, not only Challah and not only on Shabbat. Our table is considered an altar (see Ezekiel 41:22...

Why do we wash our hands before eating bread?
There is a Torah commandment that when one has a harvest of wheat, wine or olive oil, a small percentage is given as terumah (a "separation") to...

Why do Friday Night Shabbat meals consist of soup, chicken and kugel?
The simple explanation is -- it tastes good...There isn't any halachic reason for this; it is simply the age-old cuisine of European Jewry. Sephardic...

Why is it necessary to have two challahs by every Shabbat meal?
It is to commemorate the fact that the Jews in the desert received a double portion of manna every Friday in honor of Shabbat.

Why is it customary to run the knife over the Challah before reciting Hamotzi?
The common custom is to make a slight indentation in the challah with the knife before saying the hamotzi blessing. The reason for this custom is because...

Friday Night Live
On entering a home on the eve of Shabbat, one may see how a dwelling place is made into a sanctuary. The table on which are set the white loaves of Shabbat...

How is kosher spiritual? The food seems so unhealthy and unrefined!
If "kosher" means having cream cheese and lox for breakfast, cholent with kishke for lunch, and schwarma and falafel for dinner, then this would...

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