Introduced in May 2012 by Alice & Brian Bergner to complement their successful “Rainbow Collection”, this Challah board is the result of a challenge they set themselves to create a unique piece that would
combine modernity, uniqueness, beauty and practicality. Its minimalistic lines incorporate a lightweight
granite-porcelain base juxtaposed against colorful anodized aluminum decorations and a salt dish held in
place by magnets. Into the base has been delicately engraved part of the blessing for the bread המוציא לחם מן הארץ (He who brings forth bread from the ground) “Hamotzi Lechem Min Ha’Aretz”
This board will not scratch with normal use and will bring you or your loved-ones many enjoyable Sabbaths.
The word Challah actually is Hebrew for loaf of bread. Shabbat meals are begun by making a blessing over two loaves of bread. Those loaves are often called Challah, because before they are baked one must fulfill the Mitzvah of Challah
The Torah says (Numbers 15:19) that in the baking of bread, one must separate a piece of dough and give it to the Kohen (priest) to eat when they are ritually pure. Today all are ritually impure (as no means exist for ritual purification) so when one bakes bread, a piece of dough is separated and burnt. This Mitzvah is called Challah.
The first time the observance of Shabbat is mentioned in the Torah was when the Manna fell for the Jewish people wandering through the desert. Every day they would go out and collect the Manna. On Shabbat they would not collect. Instead, on Friday they collected double for Shabbat. To commemorate the double portion, two loaves of Challah are placed on the Shabbat table. The use of the Challah board has been transformed over time with the emergence of more and more unique designs, many of which have been chosen in accordance with the tradition of “Hidur Mitzvah” or the beautification of the Commandment.