Challah for Parashat Balak

The stabbing.

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Every week, Julie Seltzer, artist and Torah scribe, bakes a challah depicting an aspect of the week’s Torah portion.

And he (Pinhas) stabbed both of them, the man of Israel, and the woman, through her belly. (Numbers 25:8)


וַיִּדְקר אֶת-שְׁנֵיהֶם–אֵת אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאֶת-הָאִשָּׁה אֶל-קֳבָתָהּ


challah for parashat balak

A certain Israelite man and certain non-Israelite woman were doing certain things in a certain place, and the zealot Pinhas decided to take things into his own hands by stabbing them to death. From the text, we get the impression that they are stabbed together: forever united.

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Julie Seltzer is a scribe, baker, and artist. She began creating challah art at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut, where she lived until recently. Julie now resides in the Bay Area, where she is writing a torah scroll at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

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