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The Cross and Other Jewish Stories$
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Lamed Shapiro and Leah Garrett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110692

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110692.001.0001

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White Challah

White Challah

(p.50) White Challah
The Cross and Other Jewish Stories

Lamed Shapiro

Yale University Press

This chapter presents the text of Lamed Shapiro's short fiction titled White Challah. It explains that the story is about the loaf of bread required for the Sabbath is transformed into the physical embodiment of pagan-Christian sacrifice. It discusses Shapiro's opinion that the most familiar of Jewish symbols becomes an emblem of cannibalistic violence and that Christian violence against Jews has to be understood as the manifestation of the eternal conflict between Christians and Jews.

Keywords:   White Challah, Lamed Shapiro, bread, Sabbath, pagan-Christian sacrifice, Jewish symbols, cannibalistic violence, Christian violence, Jews, conflict

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