from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of challah.

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  • n. (Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeast; often formed into braided loaves and glazed with eggs before baking


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  • Some Jewish foods, such as hallah — braided egg bread — that appeal to mainstream America palates appear regularly in general American collections.

    Cookbooks in the United States.

  • Before each batch of dough hits the conveyor belt, one of two mashgichim monitoring the mixing system grabs an egg-sized amount called the "hallah" and throws it in a bin for later discarding, according to Jewish law.


  • I didn't realize you had to make your own rolls, but could you use a good hallah roll in a pinch?

    How to make a cemita | Homesick Texan

  • For the same reason, women are also said to be responsible for the commandment of hallah in relation to Sabbath loaves.

    Festivals and Holy Days.

  • The three mitzvot given explicitly to women — hallah, niddah and hadlaka [= mitzvot HaNaH] — are given a negative connotation because Eve brought death into the world, thereby extinguishing the light (ner) of Adam, who was the dough (hallah) of the world, and by spilling his blood, which left her the obligation in niddah.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Jewish Female.

  • The exceptions to this generalization pertained to the laws of niddah (ritual purity), candle lighting and the commandment of hallah (separating a portion of the dough when baking bread, as an offering to God).

    Learned Women in Traditional Jewish Society.

  • These are the kindling of Sabbath lights before sunset (hadlakah) and removing some of the dough from the Sabbath loaf and burning it in the oven in remembrance of Temple sacrifice (hallah).

    Festivals and Holy Days.

  • These two obligations may also be performed by a man if no woman is present; in fact, hallah is taken whenever bread is baked regardless of the gender of the baker.

    Festivals and Holy Days.

  • These small girls knew how to make gefilte fish and to weave eight braids in their hallah.

    Food in the United States.

  • Cook emphasizes that the three traditional commandments for women (M Shabbat 2: 6) have an additional meaning: niddah allows women to become arbiters of their ritual status (paralleling priestly function); hallah (separating the dough) parallels the priest; candle-lighting parallels the menorah in the temple.

    Female Purity (Niddah) Annotated Bibliography.


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  • Also a palindrome.

    August 13, 2009