This Sunday evening starts Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Since I was 16, I have been baking a challah at this time of the year. The YouTube linked to the word challah above tells its symbolic story well.
By way of explanation, it’s an especially sweet, rich egg bread (with raisins) braided and shaped into a round to symbolize the sweetness and cycle of the year. The entire process of proofing, mixing, rising, braiding, rising and baking takes about 8 hours in total. Yes, there are breaks in between (such as now as I write this). But it takes time to make it right. And the results of long hours spent are so rewarding.
As the years have gone by, I’ve added notes to the recipe and eventually the page in the recipe book became food-stained, a bit ragged and scribbled with ideas and pointers to make the next challah even better. No shortcuts can be taken, as yeast is not particularly forgiving if rushed. They have an important job and should not be pressured.
The recipe is just a series of steps, with new improvements and tweaks. Only I can appreciate the decades of progress and especially the smiles when first tasted. The photo you see above is from 2010.
I do particularly bristle at the no-knead, speedy versions of making challah that abound on the internet, since I know well what I make is tried and true, and time-tested. Baking is chemistry and IMHO I like the old alchemy, in keeping with my heritage.
OK, what is the LinkedIn connection (as this IS a LinkedIn blog)?
Don’t cut corners. There is no shortcut to crafting a masterful LinkedIn profile, section by section, or writing a long-form Post. These works take time, thought, editing and adjusting. Weigh each phrase as if it is part of a complicated recipe.
I linked an earlier LinkedIn Post I wrote on this theme here, in case you want to see more of my thoughts on this topic.
You know that you need to start with a great profile, and continually make changes to your profile as you change. Don’t seek the easy or short way.
And just a word further: there will not be blog posts on Monday and Tuesday next week. See you Wednesday.
Happy new year to you if you celebrate.