A Hafrashat Challah (Separating the Challah) event, combined with emotion, joy and a good sprinkle of humor, made for a powerful spiritual experience. We prepared our challah dough amid singing and high spirits, and then we all came together in a spiritual circle and said a prayer, from the bottom of our hearts, to the Creator of the world to open the gates of Heaven. We each prayed our own personal requests, with candles lit in honor of the righteous tzaddikim illuminating the scene.
We concluded with a challah braiding demonstration. Each participant learned, through a hands-on demonstration, to braid a spectacular-looking challah.