Challah - a delight for the soul


Marilyn Shapiro's homemade challah, accompanied by candles in her grandmother's brass candlesticks.

By Marilyn Shapiro

Every Friday afternoon since the corona virus has turned our world upside down, I have been baking fresh challah. I revel in the process: the measuring, the gradual rising, and especially the eating. But it has become so much more. As Roche Pinson wrote in her book, "Rising: The Book of Challah," "We make challah from a place of commitment to nourish ourselves and our families in a way that goes beyond mere physical feeding and watering."

Even though I can't remember ever baking a challah before, two recent encounters with fresh-out-of-the-oven loaves motivated me. Last...

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