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    What's a Jew to do? Friday nights are typically celebrated with a nice challah (braided egg bread) and wine. (Not to mention candles, prayers, and dinner.) So, how does one substitute a primal thing for challah? After all, it's "tradition" (raises forefingers to sky, singing, a la Tevye)!!

    Mind, I'm not trying to argue in favor of the challah. I'm honestly trying to find a way to honor the Sabbath traditionally without compromising nutrition and health. Honoring the spirit rather than the letter, y'know?

    Are there any Primal Jews out there who have faced this challenge?

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    Maybe you can just honour it by touching it (the bread, I mean - a sip of wine should be OK) to your lips. If you need to tear off a chunk (sorry, I don't know the details of your tradition) maybe you can later crumble it outside, for the birds (also creatures of God)...

    I'm just looking at this from my own experience with Orthodox Christianity and Paganism. I don't know much about Judaism, and I hope I haven't suggested anything that would be offensive!

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    Eat a teeny bite of it and be done with it.

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    Greetings!

    I am not Jewish, but would this work? It is a coconut flour bread that is on Mark's blog-- here is the link-- http://www.marksdailyapple.com/coconut-flour/ I have not tried it, but it sounds interesting, and it does have egg in it, so you are getting the eggy bread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherissima View Post
    Maybe you can just honour it by touching it (the bread, I mean - a sip of wine should be OK) to your lips. If you need to tear off a chunk (sorry, I don't know the details of your tradition) maybe you can later crumble it outside, for the birds (also creatures of God)...
    That is what we did with leftover Communion bread/wafers that were left over after service.
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    Do you make it yourself or buy a loaf? Are there other people sharing it? Do you have Shabbos at your house or do you go to someone else's? Because eating a teeny bite may not be practical if it's your house and just your family, and then you've got this big honkin' loaf of challah left.

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    I know with challah it is not just a matter of adjusting a recipe, there is tradition in the process of making the bread. I think you should honor the tradition. My recommendation is to just have a small piece. One serving will not send you straight back to carb dependency.

    As for the wine. Drink up.

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    Sunshine may have some insight on this...

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    Last night we had a wonderful shabbat dinner with one guest. The other invitees couldn't make it which was fine....possibly even good. Because they didn't come, we skipped the Challah (which I never ate anyway) and just used the Arnolds round flat buns that dh got for the burgers. Oh, and the burgers were because the girls wanted them rather than brisket. Am down 15.8lbs and more than a few inches.
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    I'm primal and Jewish and celebrate being both. I just don't eat challah. I do drink red wine. We have some gorgeous Etna volcanic region reds that I wouldn't pass up. Then again, I'm also agnostic, so maybe you don't want to listen to me. Anyway, I don't see it as an issue. If eating the challah is that important to you, then just have a small piece and be done with it. I always have some challah with honey on Rosh Hashana.

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    Would you be able to make your own? I did some searching, and I saw a recipe for a raw vegan almost-grain-free challah, and it says that challah technically has to contain at least one grain, so they used 3 grains of buckwheat for a whole loaf. =] So could you just make any primal bread substitute recipe (they all tend to be very eggy), and throw in a pinch of flour or cornstarch or something?

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