khale, challa, chala, hallah
- "The braided egg bread that traditionally is eaten on almost every Jewish holiday and [the Sabbath]" (JPS)
- "We need two challahs for Friday night."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb חלה khalá, Yiddish/Ashkenazi Hebrew חלה khále
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Jewish law requires that a festive meal include bread. Challah is often egg bread and is traditionally braided, except around the New Year, when it is round.
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