Challah for Parashat Chukat

Slaughtering the red heifer.

Commentary on Parashat Chukat, Numbers 19:1 - 22:1

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

They will bring you a red heifer. (Numbers 19:2)

וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ פָרָה אֲדֻמָּה

red heifer challah

The red heifer, whose ashes purify the impure, is about to be slaughtered. When the “slaughtering” (ie, cutting of the challah) took place following the hamotzi blessing, we discovered that the neck bled from the cut–a bright red beet was baked inside!

red heifer challah

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