Commentary on Parashat Bereshit, Genesis 1:1 - 6:8
Every week, Julie Seltzer, artist and Torah scribe, bakes a challah depicting an aspect of the week’s Torah portion.
And God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and God took one of his sides…(Genesis 2:21)
וַיַּפֵּל יְהוָה אֱלהִים תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל-הָאָדָם, וַיִּישָׁן; וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעתָיו
This challah is the first human, Adam. God brings sleep upon Adam, then takes one of its sides (often translated as “rib”) to create a woman. The remaining side becomes a man. This sleeping challah is in one piece now, but sliced right down the middle after making the blessing, just like the first human.
Pronounced: KHAH-luh, Origin: Hebrew, ceremonial bread eaten on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
Pronunced: TORE-uh, Origin: Hebrew, the Five Books of Moses.