Hiddur Mitzvah for Lechem Mishneh


Is there any chiyuv in Halacha for hiddur mitzvah regarding Lechem Mishneh, or no? And if so, is the mitzvah of beautification an obligation for the bread itself (making it beautiful by braiding it) or for the plate/knife, or both?



  1. There is no Hiddur Mitzvah for Lechem Mishneh. One can use any kind of bread in any kind of shape so long as they are whole. It is possible that the concept of “Zeh Keli v’Anveihu” – beautifying a Mitzvah – is applicable to the Challah board and the Challah knife.

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