Blessing the Challah: A 3-Step Guide

Blessing the Challah: A 3-Step Guide

This short post outlines the basic order of blessing the challah, including the text of the blessing in Hebrew, English and transliteration. 

How to Bless the Challah

1. The challot are uncovered and the blessing is recited as follows:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’, אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם, הַמּוצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min haaretz.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread out of the earth.

Others sitting at the table should either join in reciting the blessing or answer “amen” at its conclusion.

2. The challot are then sliced or broken apart, with pieces distributed to all present.

3. It is  traditional to salt the challah before eating it.