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Challah Knife

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Ludwig Wolpert challah knife with sterling silver handle and stainless steel blade, made in New York. The handle is inscribed with the Hebrew blessing for bread. Wolpert (1900-1981) was a sculptor and designer of Jewish ritual objects. He migrated from Germany to Palestine in 1933, where he made a living as an arts professor. He also spent time teaching and producing works in the United States.

Challah bread is traditionally eaten on the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Many people show respect for the Shabbat by cutting the braided loaf with a special knife. There are no rules for the knifeā€™s materials, shape, size, or decoration, but typically metal challah knives feature a silver handle and a stainless steel blade.

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