Shabbat Guide 12/18/20 by Micah Symons
Have you seen the Philly Challah Fairy’s challot?
How does the Fairy get them so pretty?
Well, here is a peek behind the curtain at the Challah Fairy’s recipe!
- 4 – 4 ½ Cups of All-Purpose Flour
- ¼ Cup of Granulated Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Large Egg Yolk (Reserve the white for the egg wash)
- 1/4 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil, such as canola
- 1 Cup Lukewarm water
- 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
- 2 large mixing bowl
- 1 – 2 Baking sheets
- Parchment paper
- Pastry Brush
1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl mix 4 cups of flour, sugar, and salt, whisk to combine
2. Add Eggs, Yolk, and Oil: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, I usually use the button of the one cup measuring up. Add the two eggs, egg yolk, and oil. Whisk to form a slurry, pulling in a little flour from the sides of the bow
3. Once you have formed a slurry: Add 1 cup lukewarm water 2 teaspoons of yeast to the slurry.
4. Mix to form a shaggy dough. Mix the yeast, eggs, and flour with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until a shaggy dough that is difficult to mix forms.
5. Knead the dough: dump out the dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for about 8 -10 minutes it is important to time yourself.
6. Let the dough rise until doubled: Take the second large bowl and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Place the dough in the oiled bowl making sure to coat both sides in oil. Cover with plastic wrap, and place somewhere warm, I like to put my dough in the oven. Let the dough rise until doubled in bulk for 2 hours.
7. Divide the dough and roll into ropes: After the 2 hours divide the dough into 2 or 3 equal parts depending on how many loaves you would like. Then divide each loaf into 3 equal parts. Roll each piece of dough into a long rope about 10-12 inches long.
8. Braid the dough. Gather the ropes and squeeze them together at the very top. If making a 3-stranded challah, braid the ropes together like braiding hair or yarn and squeeze the other ends together when complete.
9. Let the challah rest again: Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the braided loaves on top and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place away from drafts until puffed and pillowy, about 45 minutes.
10. Preparing to bake: With the pastry brush and the egg whites, you will want to egg wash each loaf generously with egg white. This is the time to add any toppings, maybe sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
11. Bake the challah for 30 minutes. Bake the challah at 350 Degrees, until the challah is deeply browned and registers 190°F in the very middle with an instant-read thermometer, 30 to 35 minutes total.
12. Cool the challah. Let the challah cool on a cooling rack until just barely warm. Slice and eat.
1. Shavuot is one of the three harvest festivals that Jews celebrate
2. Shavuot is exactly 7 weeks and 1 day which correlates to the 50 days in between our exodus from Egypt to receiving the 10 commandments
3. This is the holiday where the Israelites became the Jewish people and received the 10 commandments
4. When we received the ten commandments we were told that the land of Israel (where we were headed) is “a land flowing with milk and honey” that is why Jews talk nonstop about cheese, cheesecake, and all things dairy this time of year
5. It is tradition to eat circular foods on Shavuot, for example, cheesecake, pizza, sushi, or even a galette!
6. There are no formal ritual or ritual items for Shavuot which is why a lot of people might not have learned about it in religious school or as a child!
7. Some Jews have adopted the ritual of staying up all night studying Torah to honor Shavuot, just like the Israelites stayed up all night waiting for the 10 commandment
8. Moroccan Jews have a custom to eat a few pieces of matzah on Shavuot to close the cycle from Passover to Shavuot
9. In the Reform tradition often time 10th graders are confirming their adult commitment during Shavuot
10. Shavuot is a holiday of celebration and joy!
Boom! You just learned about Shavuot 10 commandment style!
For the past four months, I have had the privilege to work alongside the awesome staff at Tribe 12 through Temple University’s Feinstein Center Jewish Professional Internship program. As a new 20s/30s, I got a chance to interact with and market to much of Philly’s young Jewish community.
Here are twelve things that I’ve learned during my time here:
- Judaism looks different for different people, and someone’s Judaism can influence their life in many different ways.
- Connecting with other Jews can help people feel more in touch with their own Judaism, whether it’s a new group of friends, a significant other, or a Friday night Shabbat squad.
- Listen to your constituents and be responsive to their needs.
- Food-related content is almost always good content, and Jewish food-related content is almost always great content.
- In the right atmosphere, it’s easier than you’d think to connect with people!
- Social media can be a super helpful and powerful tool to spread ideas, especially when a nice picture and some fun emojis are involved.
- Zoom events are sometimes intimidating, but can be very successful (ie. Pitch Night)!
- Lots of thought and hard work goes into even the small details of planning an event.
- Almost any graphic can be edited together on Canva, especially because I haven’t used Photoshop since high school.
- In times of crisis, people want and need a sense of community more than ever.
- The Philadelphia Jewish community is strong, interconnected, and full of opportunities.
- A great group of coworkers definitely make an internship all the more enjoyable 🙂
Most of us are working from home now, so we’re spending much more time in our spaces. A simple but effective thing you can do is make your bed every morning. It takes just a minute or two, and it makes your bedroom’s energy so much different. It’s a great way to get the day started on the right foot. And if you don’t have a lot of storage space, remember that the underside of your bed has plenty of room for plastic bins or slide-out drawers!
Take a look at your dresser. A method from Marie Kondo that I love is file folding, which is where you fold and stack your clothes horizontally rather than vertically. Here’s a video tutorial on how to do it, and I challenge you to give it a try. It takes a little time upfront, but you’ll save time and energy down the line. No more fishing for that one t-shirt and messing up the rest!
Finally, let’s look at your bedroom closet. I recommend having uniform hangers. When everything matches, it looks so much cleaner! And just like in the kitchen, take everything out to see what still fits and what you actually like. As you put everything back, take time to sort by sleeve length, formalness, or even color!
You know what I’m going to say, but it’s important to repeat: look through your closet’s coat collection, and decide if there’s any you don’t wear. Using matching hangers, organize your coats from short to long, and group them together with who they belong to in your household.
Treat your suitcases and luggage like nesting Russian dolls. Store smaller suitcases and travel bags in a larger one to save space! Similarly, maximize your storage by using all the vertical space in your closet. Store out of season items or things you don’t frequently use at the tippy top. Consider a shoe rack like this one I have from the Container Store (my home away from home). When everything has its place, your closets really come together.
Those are all my tips. I hope they were informative and sparked a fire in you to take this time we have and get organized! If you have questions or would like to talk in-depth about your space, contact me on my Facebook page!
Hi there, Tribe 12 community! I’m Nicole Wasilus, owner of Everybody Loves Organizing, and I’ve got some organizing tips for you to make your home more zen & orderly while you’re staying in.
You’d be surprised to see all the room you have in your fridge, pantry, and freezer when you toss out expired foods. Take out everything–and I mean everything–and look for the expiration date. And while you’re at it, why not wipe down your fridge or cabinet while it’s empty? Trash expired items, and keep the soon-to-be expired towards the front.
Similarly, with glassware, we get free cups, coffee mugs, and thermoses as giveaways. Take a good look at them, and decide what you no longer need. Toss the chipped and rarely used, and keep what you like and use often. Consider cabinet shelves like these to maximize the vertical space in your cabinet. Keep coffee mugs and thermoses near where you make your coffee. Put your glassware back in your cabinet sorted by category and height.
Lastly, organize all the tupperware. Does everything have a lid? Toss unmatched items, and consider switching from plastic to glass containers. If you have the room, I always recommend storing tupperware with the lids on. It’s so much easier! If you don’t have that option, store smaller containers in larger ones, and stack matching lids together.
Rules in the kitchen apply here: toss medicine (and makeup) that has expired. If you have the space and energy, consider storing medicine in bins grouped by category, e.g. first aid, allergies, cold and flu. Be sure to keep them out of reach of kids!
Keep products off your bathroom countertop, and put them in a drawer or cabinet instead. Just make sure the products you use daily are kept in a place that makes it easy to access them. You should also avoid keeping shower products scattered around the floor and tub. A hanging shower caddy frees up space and keeps everything in reach when you need them most.
With all this floor space freed up, invest in a small decorative bin. You can fit your toilet paper and rolled-up bath towels in one convenient space. Now your linen closet has room to breathe!
Those are just some of my tips. I hope they were informative and sparked a fire in you to take this time we have and get organized! If you have questions or would like to talk in-depth about your space, contact me on my Facebook page!