Challah for Parashat Sh'mot

Moses in a basket.

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

She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch; and she put the child in, and laid it in the flags by the river's brink. (Exodus 2:3)

וַתִּקַּח-לוֹ תֵּבַת גּמֶא, וַתַּחְמְרָה בַחֵמָר וּבַזָּפֶת; וַתָּשֶׂם בָּהּ

אֶת-הַיֶּלֶד, וַתָּשֶׂם בַּסּוּף עַל-שְׂפַת הַיְאר


moses in a basket

Pharaoh decrees that all male Hebrew babies must be killed. In order to save him, Moses' family places him in a basket and sends him down the Nile where he is later found by none other than Pharaoh's daughter.

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.