The Challah Table
American Black Walnut, Brass & Steel
20″ x 14″ x 2″
To observe the holy Shabbat, we are commanded in the Jewish Bible to act passively on the seventh day of each week, ultimately refraining from 39 prohibition laws.
However, to sanctify the Shabbat, one can accomplish this saintly opportunity at the three ordained Sabbath meals.
It is explained that G-d 'spoke' the world into creation for the first six days and refrained from 'speaking' on the seventh day (Shabbat). It is for that reason we are taught to guard our tongue on this holy day (Bas Ayin).
Our sages (Shabbos 31a) teach that faith in God is typified by agriculture. On the seventh day of each week when we refrain from work, we sanctify (bless) the Sabbath which draws renewal from above for the upcoming six work days.
Challah (bread) is considered the most sacred of all foods and it is for that reason it has its own blessing. It is made typically using the first of the seven agricultural species of Israel, wheat, and is needed to consecrate the obligatory Sabbath meals in accordance with Jewish law. Although we ordinarily use wine for the initial verbal sanctification of the Sabbath meal (Kiddush), if wine is not present our sages (Shulchan Aruch 271:12; Rema 272:9) say that Kiddush should instead be made on Challah.
To sanctify and connect with the heavens on the Sabbath, we enlist the most elevated product of its worldly counterpoint, the earth (Israel), perhaps because both the heavens and the earth (Shmita) celebrate a Sabbatical and are holy.
Sitting at a higher plane, the Challah Table explores these ideas by raising this hallowed food on a table of its own.
The Challah Table aims to provide the proper distinction and respect that have always required us to give thanks and say grace.
The Challah Table has a removable top. One side is for cutting and the other is for display.
It is constructed as a table with mortise and tenon joinery.