The Challah bread is a specially braided bread and symbolic of the double portion of God’s provision. During the wilderness experience God caused a double portion of manna to fall, so the children of Israel wouldn’t have to work on the Sabbath. This miracle is commemorated each Friday by blessing two loaves of Challah at the Shabbat meal.
It’s traditional to keep the bread covered on both the top and the bottom until this time in the meal because it represents another aspect of God’s miracle provision. The dew on the top was to preserve the blessing and the dew on the bottom was to add flavor to the provision. It’s all symbolic of what God wants to do with our blessing today.
God is saying to us, “I am Jehovah Jireh your Provider”, and when you keep the Sabbath, I will abundantly provide whatever you’re hungry for. I will always preserve and protect you. My blessing will add great flavor and quality to your life. What a reminder to ourselves and our family that the blessing of God is supernatural; that this is not by might, not by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord.
The bread of course is an important symbol of the new covenant, faith in the Messiah and of communion. So as we lift up the two loaves toward heaven and speak the blessing we follow with a prayer that releases the many benefits of New Covenant. copied Larry and Tiz Huch