The Challah Table
American Black Walnut, Brass & Steel
20″ x 14″ x 2″
To observe the holy Shabbos one is required to act passively on the seventh day of each week however sanctifying this holy day is done when we consecrate our Shabbos meals over the most elevated agricultural products, bread & wine.
On the seventh day of each week when we refrain from work, we submit ourselves to G-d which draws renewal from above for the upcoming six work days.
Our sages (Shabbos 31a) teach that faith in God is typified by agriculture.
Bread (Challah) has a unique status as King of all foods. It is represents the first of the seven agricultural species of Israel(wheat), it denotes wealth and prosperity and is needed to consecrate the obligatory Sabbath meals in accordance with Jewish law. Although we ordinarily use wine for the verbal sanctification of the Shabbos 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 observe and sanctify the heavens on the Shabbos, we stop and enlist the most elevated product of its worldly counterpoint, the earth (Israel) 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.