Challah for Parashat B’hukotai

Ten women bakers.

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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 ten women will bake your bread in one oven. (Leviticus 26:26)

וְאָפוּ עֶשֶׂר נָשִׁים לַחְמְכֶם בְּתַנּוּר אֶחָד

challah for b'hukotai

In the context of the parashah this is a curse, because ideally each woman would have her own spacious oven, but I couldn’t help but turn it into joyous sharing. Here are ten women who have all baked a single raisin challah, together.

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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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