This evening we had our traditional Sabbath dinner. One tradition that we choose to incorporate into our weekly observance is the making and consuming of Challah (a traditional Jewish braided bread). When we are blessed to have guests who are newcomers to our Shabbat table, I usually explain some of the traditions we observe, and what they mean to us. For instance, we light the Sabbath candles and talk about how Jesus/Yeshua is the Light of the World. We say a blessing over the bread (challah) and recall that Yeshua/Jesus is the Bread of Life. As a blessing is voiced over the wine or grape juice, we remember that wine in the Scripture represents both joy and blood, both of which we see in Yeshua as well.
After dinner was over and the guests had gone, the boys living at my house got on the phone with parents. The 7- year-old was on speakerphone with his father, who asked what he had been doing. Quite matter-of-factly, he replied. “Oh, we had our Sabbath, you know, and I’m eating some of the bread. We make bread every week and we put humans on it.”
WHAAAT??? Humans on the bread???? I couldn’t imagine where he could have come up with that! And then it hit me. Here is how I had explained to our guests, the symbolism we find in the challah.
The braided challah bread reminds us of the hills surrounding Jerusalem. We sprinkle the bread with sesame seeds which brings to mind the manna on the hills. We also traditionally have two loaves of challah to memorialize God’s provision of two portions of manna on the 6th day to provide for the 7th as well.
Ahhh, MANNNNA (man – humans!) He cracks me up!!!!