It's the Circle of Bread

The circular, braided bread known as challah has a twin. It originated in Greece, was picked up by Mediterranean Jews, traveled with them to Europe, and possibly back to Greece.

A variety of Ukrainian kalach bread. Alexandr Muntean/Alamy Stock Photo.

A variety of Ukrainian kalach bread. Alexandr Muntean/Alamy Stock Photo.

Observation
Sept. 4 2019
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