This challah silicone mold, which was created to obediently take on a beautiful braid’s shape for dutiful but less-than-dexterous bakers, elicited many comments, a few of them of a gastronomic nature, most of them of a reconstructive-surgery nature (vaguely reminding one as it does of some enhancement plan…), and just one of them of a spiritual nature, like the one below, found on Amazon: Here comes: No name, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s a man!
This product is a bad idea. The braids and braiding of challah contribute important symbolic meaning that help a Jewish woman imbue the Shabbat table with additional holiness. If one adopts the opinion that such symbols are negligible, one misses the point. Too many people view observance, and life for that matter, as series of defenses against demerit. To the contrary, observance, and life, are series of opportunities to improve, to build a nearness to our Creator. For a quick summary of some of the symbolism, the following link is useful. (…) If you are Jewish, do not buy this product. IF you do, you are denying yourself some opportunities to augment your appreciation of life’s meaning through participation and involvement in the mental exercise of understanding why challot are braided.
My answer to this review is as follows:
Still the question remains: How does the challah come out in this challah silicone mold, for G-d’s sake? Come on people: Spill the beans! Seriously: I am thinking of buying a couple of them, as I may be a great baker, that’s what I hear, but I am a lousy braider, that’s what I don’t hear: thank you dearest students for never saying what I always think: My bread is delicious but pretty homely!