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What is the reason that challot are traditionally braided? When did this tradition begin?

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Some people make challah with 6 strands and then braid them together.The six is keneged the 6 days of melacha and the whole challah representing Shabbath.Like the idea of you work 6 days and rest on shabbath (olam hazeh for olam habah). –  sam Jan 16 at 17:39
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also two = 12 keneged the lechem hapanim –  sam Jan 16 at 17:41
    
    
hebrewbooks.org/… –  Gershon Gold Jan 16 at 19:53
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