Challah for Parashat Vayigash

Jacob's heart.

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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 told him, saying: 'Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.' And his heart fainted, for he did not believe them. (Genesis 45:26)
 

וַיַּגִּדוּ לוֹ לֵאמר, עוֹד יוֹסֵף חַי, וְכִי-הוּא משֵׁל, בְּכָל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם; וַיָּפָג לִבּוֹ, כִּי לא-הֶאֱמִין לָהֶם  

challah for vayigash

This is Jacob's heart. He has been living in pain for many years, under the impression that his favored son Joseph was torn up and eaten by an animal. When the brothers reveal the news that Joseph is alive, the Torah tells us that "his heart fainted."

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.