Challah for Parashat B'ha'alotkha

Manna in the desert.

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Every week, Julie Seltzer, artist and Torah scribe, bakes a challah depicting an aspect of the week's Torah portion.

But now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all; we have nothing save this man(na) to look to. (Numbers 11:6)

וְעַתָּה נַפְשֵׁנוּ יְבֵשָׁה, אֵין כּל--בִּלְתִּי, אֶל-הַמָּן עֵינֵינוּ

challah for b'ha'alotkha

These challot are question marks, representing the two portions of manna received before Shabbat in the desert. The word "manna" comes from the Hebrew word "man," meaning "what." The manna gets its name because the people asked what this substance was.

Julie Seltzer

Julie Seltzer is a scribe, baker, and artist. She began creating challah art at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut, where she lived until recently. Julie now resides in the Bay Area, where she is writing a torah scroll at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.