Monday, April 20, 2009

Schlissle Challa Minhag Explained

One year the shabbos after pesach, I was at someone's house, and they had baked a key in their challa. They told me it's a called schlissle challa and is (like so many other things) a segula for parnossa or something.

Last shabbos I figured out a rationale for this minhag (but not the connection to parnassa), why bake a key into the challa on the shabbos after pesach. First of all, it depends on having the minhag to give your key to the goy to whom you sell your chametz when you sell your chametz. Once you have that minhag, it makes sense that on the shabbos after Pesach, when you've bought your chametz back from the goy, you bake that key in a challa, to demonstrate that you again own your chametz (represented by the challa). Maybe the parnassa thing comes from the fact this key was used in a business transaction (the sale of the chametz) and you successfully completed that deal, so you hope your successful streak continues.


The Talmid said...

Comment I received about this post:

I think pshat is
During pesach the new grain is allowed, bread being the staple food, “mezonos” represents parnosso, therefore at the time when the new grain allowed we pray that the gates of the brocho of parnosso should be opened (through the key). Some people have the minhag to bake the bread in the shape of a key.


My comments: To this explanation...
1) only people who do not eat chodosh should do schlissle!
2) this is a bakasha, which we
shouldn't do on shabbos. According to me, it's only a demonstration.

Thank you Shimon. This sounds like a very good explanation for the minhag.

The Talmid said...

Sefer Hata'ah, very end of "End of Nissan": - some have minhag to bake challa in shape of key and sprinkle sesame seeds on it to remind us of the Mon which began to fall in Iyar, and also symbolizes that the key of livelihood is in Hashem's hands.