by Akiva's Wife at Mystical Paths
Baking Challah is a tremendous mitzvah for Jewish women. With rushed lives and wonderful kosher bakeries, it's very easy to buy great quality challot for Shabbat. Yet, making challah for your family, taking challah (the mitzvah of removing a portion of the dough of the kohein), and enhancing your family Shabbos table with the work of your own hands specifically with the intention for Shabbat, is a tremendous mitzvah.
N'shei UBnos Chabad (Chabad Ladies and Daughters organization) has set up a special group for home challah makers. It's to perform the mitzvah of taking Challah with a brocha as part of a group of 43 (the numerical equivalent of challah) in the merit of couples who want to have children (but have not yet been so blessed).
They report, "Achdus (unity) works! B"H, over 38 babies have already been born and one after 22 years of marriage!!!"
The Segula of Challah site, here.
A great joy in making challah is with my children. To the left is my little girl's challah.
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