Rabbi Linda Joseph

Headshot of Rabbi Linda Joseph set against a black background

Rabbi Linda Joseph is the rabbi at Bet Aviv in Columbia MD, an adult-only Reform Jewish congregation. Among her many passions are Torah and bread baking. She is the loving owner of two sourdough starters – “Harry” and “Hazel” – that have been sustaining her learning of Torah and her love of bread during the 2020 pandemic.

What’s Different about High Holidays Challah?

Rabbi Linda Joseph
In Pirkei Avot, Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah taught, “If there is no bread, there is no Torah; and if there is no Torah, there is no bread.” I love these words. They echo in my mind when I partake in two of my favorite almost daily activities, the study of Torah and the baking bread. On the holidays, these two passions intersect, as they have for generations of Jews, when I shape challah. The traditional shapes for challot (plural) can be Torah study on our very festival tables.