Bake Festive Rosh Hashanah & Wild-Harvested Shmita Bread

Join us Sept 5, 2021 to bake festive sourdough braided breads for your holiday table, and wild-crafted, gluten-safe breads as we prepare for Shmita, the 7th year Shabbat of the Living Earth.

Prepare for this festive cycle of renewal by reconnecting with ancient traditions of sourdough bread from fresh-milled whole grains, inspired by breads of Ancient Israel. Experience the 7th year cycle of Shmita by gathering edible foods, baking Shmita Bread with cattail pollen and acorn flour wild-harvested by Eli on her farm in Western Mass and learn about Shmita traditions.

So all are nourished according to their needs, you will have the option to work with different doughs:

1. 100% einkorn - rustic sourdough baked in a dutch oven
2. 50% einkorn - 50% organic unbleached white for braiding
3. With and without organic eggs
4. Shmita Bread - Wild-harvested, gluten-free acorn flour, cattail pollen & chia seed bread

Since, as with most of the planet, mainstream Jewish festive breads are too often white flour drek, 'Breads from the Earth Bakery' offers ancient grain breads using the authentic grain species of ancient Israel. Einkorn (Shippon in Hebrew) was the grain of Abraham and Sarah. Our einkorn is grown on our farm in Western Massachusetts, and in upstate NY. Our Einkorn flour is stone-milled at our bakery daily! All the goodness stays in. Nothing is removed.  

Registration $36

Location: TBA on Long Island, NY

10am - 4pm

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‘Blessed be ... that Brings forth Bread from the Earth’ is the Hebrew blessing on bread said every Shabbat. 'Breads from the Earth' expresses our kavanah to renew ancient Hebraic food and farming traditions, grain by grain, bread by bread, with organically-grown, stone-milled flour from authentic seeds of Ancient Israeli traditions. Eli worked for 7 years with the Israeli gene bank collecting almost-extinct Eretz Israeli grains, pioneered cooperation with Palestinian and Jordanian gene banks to save ancient seeds, and today grows-out these rare seeds on her organic farm in Western Mass. We are thrilled to introduce forgotten ancient Israeli grains to your table.

Check out our amazing friends Bread from the Earth Bakery and Vermatzah in Vermont!!

Torah from our 'Breads from the Earth' labels

רבי אחאי בן יאשיה אומר הלוקח תבואה מן השוק למה הוא דומה לתינוק שמתה אמו ומחזירין אותו על פתחי מיניקות אחרות ואינו שבע. הלוקח פת מן השוק למה הוא דומה כאילו חפור וקבור. האוכל משלו דומה לתינוק המתגדל על שדי אמו. הוא היה אומר בזמן שאדם אוכל משלו דעתו מיושבת עליו ואפילו אוכל אדם משל אביו ומשל אמו ומשל בניו אין דעתו מיושבת עליו ואין צריך לומר משל

Rabbi Ahai ben Josiah said,

'He who buys grain in the market, to what may he be compared? To a child who is cut off from his mother, and although it is taken to homes of wetnurses, it is not satisfied.

He who buys bread in the market, to what is he compared? To a man who
digs his own grave - a wretched, precarious existence.

But he who eats of his own produce is like a child reared at his mother's breast.'

He would also say: When a person eats from his own farm, his mind is calm. And even when a person eats food from his father’s or mother’s farm, or from his children’s farm, his mind is not calm, even all the more so when he eats food from a stranger’s farm'. Avot d'Rabbi Nathan 31

. אִם אֵין קֶמַח, אֵין תּוֹרָה. אִם אֵין תּוֹרָה, אֵין קֶמַח.
‘Without bread there is no Torah; without Torah there is no bread.’

Pirkei Avot 3:17

'G-d created the world so that all shall live in pleasantness, that all shall
be equal, that one shall not lord over the other, and that all may
cultivate the land. However, when warrior-minded people multiplied
they began to rely on their might, and left off cultivating the land and
turned to robbery. ' Hochmat haNefesh 22b, Rabbi Judah‘

The first book of the Mishnah, Seder Zaraiim - 'The Way of Seeds' written down in ancient Israel between the 2nd and 5th century, is about Seeds, Farming, Food Justice and Blessings.

וְאָמַר רַבִּי יִצְחָק אֵין הַבְּרָכָה מְצוּיָה אֶלָּא בְּדָבָר הַסָּמוּי מִן הָעַיִן שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר יְצַו ה׳ אִתְּךָ אֶת הַבְּרָכָה בַּאֲסָמֶיךָ תָּנָא דְּבֵי רַבִּי יִשְׁמָעֵאל אֵין הַבְּרָכָה מְצוּיָה אֶלָּא בְּדָבָר שֶׁאֵין הָעַיִן שׁוֹלֶטֶת בּוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר יְצַו ה׳

תָּנוּ רַבָּנַן הַנִּכְנָס לָמוֹד אֶת גׇּרְנוֹ אוֹמֵר יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁתִּשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֵנוּ הִתְחִיל לָמוֹד אוֹמֵר בָּרוּךְ הַשּׁוֹלֵחַ בְּרָכָה בַּכְּרִי הַזֶּה מָדַד וְאַחַר כָּךְ בֵּירַךְ הֲרֵי זוֹ תְּפִלַּת שָׁוְא לְפִי שֶׁאֵין הַבְּרָכָה מְצוּיָה לֹא בְּדָבָר הַשָּׁקוּל וְלֹא בְּדָבָר הַמָּדוּד וְלֹא בְּדָבָר הַמָּנוּי אֶלָּא בְּדָבָר הַסָּמוּי מִן הָעַיִן:

'Blessing is only possible in things hidden from sight, as it is said,
'The Lord will command the blessing with thee in thy barns.' 
Blessing is only possible with things not under the direct control of the eye.

Our rabbi taught: On entering a barn to measure the new grain, say: 
'May it be Thy will to send blessings on the work of our hands.' 
When one begins to measure: 
'Blessed be the Source of Life that sends blessings into this heap.'

But if one has already measured the grain, the prayer is in vain, because blessing is not to be found in anything that has already been weighed, measured or numbered, but only in a thing hidden from sight. " Taanith 8b

Bread as a Microcosm of the World

The Maharal of Prague, 15th c, explained that the world is like an enormous human and that each human is like a mini-universe. Just as the Planet is land and water, so too the human is composed of earth, compared to flour, and spirit and intellect, compared to water and the living breath that rises the dough.

Humans, as a combination of body and soul, flour and water, are like a living dough. By separating challah we consecrate our humanness as "dough." As a result, we open out hearts to bake the dough as a process of rectifying, elevating ourselves and world.The Shlah explains that everything we observe in this world has a spiritual parallel. The nourishment that food gives the body has a parallel nourishment that sustains the soul. Everything we observe in this world is a reflection, an expression of a spiritual energy. The nourishment that food gives the body has an inner nourishment that sustains the soul.

וַֽיְעַנְּךָ֮ וַיַּרְעִבֶ֒ךָ֒ וַיַּאֲכִֽלְךָ֤ אֶת־הַמָּן֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר לֹא־יָדַ֔עְתָּ וְלֹ֥א יָדְע֖וּן אֲבֹתֶ֑יךָ לְמַ֣עַן הוֹדִֽיעֲךָ֗ כִּ֠י לֹ֣א עַל־הַלֶּ֤חֶם לְבַדּוֹ֙ יִחְיֶ֣ה הָֽאָדָ֔ם כִּ֛י עַל־כׇּל־מוֹצָ֥א פִֽי־יְהֹוָ֖ה יִחְיֶ֥ה הָאָדָֽם׃
"Man does not live by bread alone, but by what comes forth from the Creator does man live" Deut. 8:3.

While bread alone may sustain the body, it is the vital energy of Creation concealed within the physical properties of the bread that sustains our soul.

From ancient days, the blessing of challah has been connected with the forces of life of feminine energy. Separating, consecrating and transforming the grain into bread celebrates the nourishment of the sacred life forces in bread.

Adam Kadmon – Ancient Earth Being
In the ancient days, before there were any fishermen on the shores of the Kinneret, even before
there was any memories in the hearts of the mountains, there was a giant being, named Adam
Kadmon8, whose body stretched forth from one end of the universe to the other. His skin
glistened like jewels. For many years the giant lived enjoying the greatness of all the universe
and giving thanks to the Holy One 'Oh Holy One', sighed Adam Kadmon, 'What is this dark
and empty place wherein I dwell? I am all alone, so far away from you now.' The giant asked
the Creator to help him. The Creator understood and shrank this enormous being smaller and
smaller, until it became earthen heavy.

From his bones came the hard rocks and stones,
From his breath blew the wind,
From his blood came flowing waters in the streams, rivers, and seas,
From his flesh the soil, and hls hair became forests and grasses,
His thoughts became the clouds.

The Creator asked all the angels to help in the creation of a new
creature, to be with the being who became the earth. The Creator and all of the angels gathered up soil from the four
directions of the earth-being and formed a Human. The Creator breathed into the human His
Breath, which brought him alive. Whatever the Creator formed in the world, He formed in the
Human. In every way, the Human is a reflection of the Earth and the Living Earth is a mirror of
Man. When Man was formed from the earth, the plants were transformed; they too became a
mirror of Man. Each plant corresponds to a part of the human being. When a person is ill,
healing can come through the plants that corresponds to whatever has become weak in the

Olam Katan Macrocosm – Microcosm

"The creation of the world was like the creation of humanity, for everything that G-d created in the world,
G-d created in the human being. The heavens are the head of humankind, the sun and the moon are the
human eyes, the stars are the hair on the human head" Otzar Ha’Midrashim, Olam Katan 406