World of Judaica offers a fantastic supply of blech covers. These covers are very important for observing Shabbat and serve as a great gift to friends and family. Feel free to check out our selection of covers for your blech.
What is a blech cover? A blech is a term used to refer to a hot plate or plata that is placed over an open flame or heated by an electrical plug to keep food warm on Shabbat. There is a prohibition against using electricity and starting an open flame on Shabbat, especially for the purpose of cooking. In order to keep food warm during the duration of Shabbat, hot plates called Blechs are permitted for use. Cooking is not allowed, but according to Jewish law placing fully cooked food onto a heated plate is acceptable. If the blech is electric, it must be plugged in before Shabbat arrives. If it is not electric, it is placed on a burner set at a low flame before Shabbat.
Why does the blech need a cover? The blech itself can be fairly hot and dangerous to touch, so it requires a cover. Covers are usually insulated cotton and have their own unique design. The cover prevents the food from burning and keeps you safe from burning your hand. The blech cover gets a lot of use because it is used every Shabbat and serves as a nice display to guests that come over.
Blech covers are important to have in your home for Shabbat and Jewish holidays in order to keep you and your family safe. The covers also make for great gifts to family and friends, so their blech will not be bare. The blech cover makes the blech plate more presentable and will add to your Jewish kitchen decor. Make sure to look at World of Judaica's collection of blech covers for your blech or to give as a thoughtful gift for a Jewish wedding.
Blech Covers Guide
One hallmark of a traditional Jewish home is the chaotic Friday afternoons during which all of the preparations of Shabbat – cooking, cleaning and bathing amongst many – are completed since most of these actions many not be performed on Shabbat. One of the final actions done before the beginning of Shabbat is the placing of food atop a Blech, which is often followed by last minute preparations before sunset and the lighting on candles the marks the beginning of Shabbat.
The Prohibition of Using Fire and the Blech
On Shabbat, there are thirty-nine different categories of work that are prohibited. One of those is the use of fire for any constructive purpose, whether for forging tools or even simple cooking. Consequently this led to practical problems the prevented Jewish people from enjoying Shabbat and led to past leaders allowing the indirect use of fire. This arena of Jewish law is one the most complex areas regarding Shabbat. One of the items that resulted from discussions regarding the use of fire is the Blech and Blech Cover.
What is a Blech and what is a Blech Cover?
The term Blech refers to methods of heading food on Shabbat to circumvent the prohibition of using fire directly by placing a separation between the fire and the food. However, the term normally is used to refer specifically to the sheet of metal that is used to separate between the flame on a stove top and pots and pans that hold food to be eaten on Shabbat.
The Blech Cover is a cotton cover that has a thick insulated layer inside that is placed atop food sitting on a Blech to keep it warm.
Blechs are made from metal and contain simple electric circuitry and Blech covers are made from cloth, usually cotton or silk.
There are three different types of Blechs: one that plugs into the wall and heats up food in a similar fashion to a hot plate, a simple metal sheet and a Blech that consists of two pans, one of which is filled with water and covered with the other pan. The latter two types of Blechs are placed directly on a stove top, the first can be placed anywhere.
Blech covers take two different forms: as a sheet that is placed atop all of the food placed on Blech or a small sized cover that sits atop a specific pot or pan for the purpose of keeping it warm.
Blech Covers can come in any shape, size and color, although they are typically large sized and are in shades of white, blue, brown, green and red. They are usually decorated with silver depiction of Jerusalem, flowers, crowns and intricate geometric patterns consisting of lines and dots. Blech covers typically have the words “Lichvod Shabbat” or “Shabbat VeYom Tov” in the center, which translate as “For the honor of Shabbat” as “Shabbat and Holidays” in English.