Challah for Parashat Mishpatim

An eye for an eye.

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

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot (Exodus 21:24).

עַיִן תַּחַת עַיִן שֵׁן תַּחַת שֵׁן יָד תַּחַת יָד רֶגֶל תַּחַת רָגֶל


challah for mishpatim

The Hebrew literally reads: “Eye UNDER eye, tooth UNDER tooth,” etc. That’s why the challahs are on top of each other. It is literally an eye under an eye.

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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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