Friday, April 13, 2007

A Picture For Erev Shabbos


At April 14, 2007 at 9:26:00 PM EDT, Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

A beautiful picture!

At April 15, 2007 at 7:45:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks. My wife actually baked this one and took the picture so I can claim no credit other than finding out which minhag to adhere to.

At April 15, 2007 at 11:08:00 AM EDT, Anonymous shoshana (bershad) said...

Today, I received a letter from my cousin in Israel, who told me of a message from Rabbi Elazar Frankel:

"I heard from Rabbi Frankel about a nice minhag for the Shabbat that follows Pesach and the one before Pesach Sheni (for those who, for different reasons, could not observe Pesach on the prescribed date). According to R’ Pinchas of Koretz and R’ Raphael of Bershad: On the night of Seder, the gates of heaven open, and they stay open until Pesach Sheni. Thus, for the Shabbat that follows Pesach, it is the custom to press a key into the dough of the challah, which will leave an impression of its shape, as a segula for parnassa (the gates symbolize the gates of parnassa)."

So now I know that R' Raphael's custom, and thus, my family's minhag, was to make an impression of a key in the top of the challah. I plan to do this next year. I hope my challah turns out as beautiful as your wife's!


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