When Michael Sachs went to his favourite Richmond bakery to buy Challah bread two weeks ago he didn’t plan on walking out with 17 loaves.
It is customary for Jewish families to have two loaves of Challah — a braided egg bread — on the table at Shabbat dinners which happen every Friday night, Sachs explains. “A couple weeks ago my wife and I discussed it, and we decided it was really important for our family to have Challah on our Shabbat table,” he says, adding that one part of the Shabbat ritual involves blessings made over the bread. Sachs says, amid the pandemic, the weekly ritual of sitting down on Friday evenings to share food, unplug all electronics, and catch up on the past week has been a crucial, comforting way that his family comes together. Read more.