Carved out from natural wood or stones, the challah board is one of the most exquisite and requested pieces of Judaica designed by Avi Luvaton. Each board is one of a kind in its stone placement and color combination.
The sides of the board have the words “hamotzi lechem min haaretz” and wheat designs molded from brass that are polished with a luxurious rhodium and sometimes gold plating treatment.
Behind the wheat design is a piece of colored glass that can be chosen to match your Shabbat table and illuminate the design. Each challah board comes with a sharp and matching knife.
The Shabbat table is a place to eat, enjoy and gather with friends and family, but it is mostly the place where everyone can deepen his relationships with one another and cultivate their bond with judaism.
We can think about the Shabbat table as a Temple, as an altar where the above is possible through the physical and sensory experience food has to offer, through the traditional blessings and also, through the shared meaningful conversations that take place at this very special day. Each meal is an opportunity for personal and spiritual improvement, engaging our senses, but also our hearts and minds.
There are at least two ways that show the connection between the meal at our table and the altar long ago: first, we raise our hands after washing them before the meal (netilat yada’im), as the Kohanim would do before their daily service. Second, we pour salt on the bread (or on the challah board first) before eating it, also similar to the ancient practice of applying salt to every sacrifice offered in the Great Temple.
“When the Temple is standing, the altar atones for a person; now it is a person’s table that atones for him.” Talmud Hagiga 27a
In order to transform our Shabbat table into an altar, a specific setting must be placed. The emotional and intellectual preparation for such a special moment, need to be complemented with a scenery where every element contributes and has its reason to be.