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[khah-luh, hah]
  1. a loaf of rich white bread leavened with yeast and containing eggs, often braided before baking, prepared especially for the Jewish Sabbath.
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Also chal·leh, hallah.

Origin of challah

From the Hebrew word hallāh
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noun plural -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -ˈlɔt)
  1. bread, usually in the form of a plaited loaf, traditionally eaten by Jews to celebrate the Sabbath
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Word Origin

from Hebrew hallāh
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Word Origin and History for challah


from Yiddish khale, from Hebrew chala "loaf of bread."

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