from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A loaf of yeast-leavened egg bread, usually braided, traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath, holidays, and other ceremonial occasions.
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- n. A traditional braided bread eaten by Ashkenazi Jews on the Sabbath
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeast; often formed into braided loaves and glazed with eggs before baking
Today the word challah is used to refer to the whole loaf.
Note: Separating the challah is a special mitzvah for women done when the bread dough quantity is above a certain amount, as in the above recipe.
The word challah—pronounced with a soft h as in ha-la—means dough and refers specifically to the bread remaining after the small piece was separated from it.
I love challah and the idea of sweet vanilla challah is making my mouth water.
I brought a raisin challah and a dozen cinnamon rolls that I'd baked that morning.
Myra retrieved a loaf of Ginny's challah from the freezer in the storage room and defrosted it quickly in the microwave.
You are blessed, Lord our G*d, Sovereign of the world, Who made us holy with Her commandments and commanded us to separate challah from the dough.
Everyone sang a hymn of thanks to God while touching the braided bread known as challah, tapping each other on the arm or shoulder before feasting on the bread and traditional three-corner Hamantaschen cookies.
Instead I made a pretty terrific baked challah bread pudding (made with homemade challah, my challah was a little dry but beautiful, but hey, it was my first time baking bread!).
The producers are so nervous about guarding their new secrets, they've given the very last scene a code name -- "challah," as in the Jewish bread that's full of twists.
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