Shabbat Basics

“Do It Yourself” Shabbat

Lighting Shabbat Candles

Shabbat candles personify the holiness and tranquility of the Garden of Eden.

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Making Kiddush

The word kiddush is from the same root as kodsesh — holy; to elevate the physical to a level of spirituality. It is part of our challenge in this world to take the physical pleasures that the Almighty has provided and use them for a higher purpose.

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Making Havdalah

The word Havdalah means to differentiate, to distinguish. The entire ceremony is to distinguish between the Shabbat that we have just experienced and the week that we are about to enter.

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Shabbat Concepts

Shabbat: Heaven On Earth

It is repeated more times than any other mitzvah in the Torah, and it is the only ritual observance which is part of the Ten Commandments.

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What It Means To “Rest”

Understanding the definition of “work” as it applies to the laws of Shabbat.

The Number 7

Jewish mystics offer a remarkable explanation as to why the Sabbath falls precisely on the seventh day of the week. Human beings are bound by six directions…But of course there is a seventh direction.

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Shabbat Recipes