Why do we say a blessing over the challah?

Answered by
Rabbi Daniel B. Syme

Jewish tradition calls for a b’rachah (blessing) expressing thanks to God before eating any food. It represents a recognition that people owe a measure of gratitude to God for providing food for all living things.

Reciting a blessing before eating also elevates a simple act to a sacred occasion. By doing so, we pause for a moment and think before we eat.