Challah for Parashat Yitro

Mount Sinai in smoke.

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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 they stood at the foot of the mountain and Mount Sinai was all in smoke (Exodus 19:17-18).
וַיִּתְיַצְּבוּ בְּתַחְתִּית הָהָר וְהַר סִינַי עָשַׁן כֻּלּוֹ 

 

 challah for yitro

The people are standing at the foot of the mountain and the word “smoke–עשן” appears above them. Each of the letters in this word, Ayin, Shin, and Nun, take three decorative crowns in Torah script. You can see the crowns here as billowing fire!

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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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