Challah is a special loaf of bread eaten as part of the welcoming of Shabbat. We have two loaves of bread on the Shabbat table to remember the biblical story of the Jews in the wilderness after the Exodus, who received a miraculous supply of manna every day, but on Friday received double the amount so it would last throughout Shabbat, the day of rest. The loaves are often plaited or circular. We cover the challah, often with a decorative cloth, while saying Shabbat prayers, and then uncover it, and say a short prayer of thanksgiving before eating it.
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