Challah for Parashat Tazria

Birthing woman.

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

If she gives birth to a female, she is “impure” two weeks, like her niddah. (Leviticus 12:5)


וְאִם-נְקֵבָה תֵלֵד, וְטָמְאָה שְׁבֻעַיִם כְּנִדָּתָה


 

birthing woman challah 

The parashah deals with a birthing woman, and how long she is in a state of impurity (the length of time depends on whether she gives birth to a boy or a girl). This challah is based on a painting by Alex Gray.

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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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