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Challah Baby... an update

Okay, first of all, if you haven't read Challah Baby (the original) I highly recommend reading it first. Life will make a lot more sense... trust me.

It's okay... we'll wait.

Back? Oh good.

So it has been a little over three months now and no word from my friend. Now in my mind that could mean several things. One: she isn't pregnant, it didn't work and she doesn't want to talk about it. Okay. I won't push. Or two: she is pregnant but holding to the tradition to not talk about it until she is safe and into her second trimester.

I'm not going to lie, I didn't think about it all the time. It wasn't life consuming but every time I saw a post from one of my millions of pregnant friends on Facebook, I thought of D. I was just hoping and praying and keeping her in my prayers that she had conceived or will conceive. But I didn't want to push it.

Until I got an email.

It said:
Dear Challah Bakers,

I selected December 18 pretty much at random only later to find out  that it was the original birthday of my husband's Granny Rose - known  especially for her intuitive ability and faith in matters spiritual. She  changed her birthday much later in life to November 18 so that she  could celebrate together with her son-in-law my husband's father!

Today I am so happy to share with you that I am pregnant and well  in to my second trimester. I have already had 5 (yes 5!!!) ultrasounds  so far indicating that thank g-d everything seems to be going well.  Thank you all so much for sharing this journey with me. I continue to  bake and if you should need a prayer please do not hesitate to let me  know.


Now, being somewhat scientifically minded, I am totally not willing to say that the loaf of bread I baked on the same night 60 other people did it and the prayers I said along with tons of her friends actually contributed to her conception but... I can't deny the fact that it seemed to help.

So where do science and faith collide?

Where we are willing to let them. When we can say to ourselves, I don't know how or why but it worked and I am rejoicing.

Exodus 15:20-21 says: "Miriam took the timbrel in her hand and all the women followed her. And Miriam called to them, 'Sing to G-d...'" (Hear Debbie Friedman's version here)

Here we are, at the time where we gained our freedom from Mitzraym (Egypt) and the women sang to G-d before heading out into the desert for 40 years. 3 months ago, 61 women sang out to G-d through our Challah baking and G-d responded!

I couldn't be happier for D, M & their daughter R! Mazal and bracha! I know this baby will bring you lots of nachas!

(originally posted at Patheos)

Comments (2)

What a beautiful story! I'm reading this on my phone in the middle of a hair salon & yet I had to fight back a tear. Such a wonderful way to feel a connection to our faith & global community.

I feel the same way, Hilary! :) It just warms my heart.

Have a FABULOUS shabbis!

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