Why is the challah served at Rosh Hashanah round?
Depending on who you ask, there are a number of different views on why the challah served at Rosh Hashanah is round. The most common idea is that the infinite braiding, with no clear beginning or end, represents a year full of endless good blessings and fortune. Another is that the round shape resembles the crown of God, or crowning glory for the start of the year. Usually, this challah is either made with raisins or brushed with honey to symbolise a sweet new year, but this is optional if you prefer to keep it plain.
How to braid round challah for Rosh Hashanah
As with most techniques, it’s easier to explain using images. Below we’ve explained how to make a round challah for Rosh Hashanah.