Challah for Parashat Kedoshim

Two kinds of seed.

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

Do not sow your field with two kinds of seed; do not wear clothing that is a mixture of two kinds of material. (Leviticus 19:19)

שָׂדְךָ לֹא-תִזְרַע כִּלְאָיִם; וּבֶגֶד כִּלְאַיִם שַׁעַטְנֵז, לֹא יַעֲלֶה עָלֶיךָ


challah for kedoshim

The rule not to mix linen and wool is referred to as "shatnez;" not mixing different seeds is called kilayim. We see kilayim depicted here in two different challahs, each of different grains. One is a blending of whole wheat molasses dough with white dough, and the other is the blending of two very different seeds: poppy and sesame.

Julie Seltzer

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.