Loaves of rye bread from Hagay Ben-Yehuda’s oven. Dan Perez

Scion of Eastern European Baking Family Makes Bread the Old-fashioned Way

Even in the sweltering days of summer, fifth-generation baker Hagay Ben-Yehuda is happy to make bread in a wood-fired oven, a method that is close to extinct

On a Wednesday in early July, the temperature at Kibbutz Einat was 31 degrees Celsius, with 65 percent humidity. As he does every Wednesday, baker Hagay Ben-Yehuda went to the bread oven in his parents’ yard,...

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