shabbat

Rabbi A.J. Heschel: Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time

Rabbi A.J. Heschel: Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time

An excerpt from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man,” this profound article explores the unique role of time in Judaism. Whereas other religions sanctify space, objects or people, Judaism teaches us to connect to the holiness of time, through Shabbat,

Time Saving Shabbat Menus

Time Saving Shabbat Menus

This practical article provides links to recipes for complete Shabbat dinner and lunch menus designed for busy cooks who want to make special, delicious and impressive Shabbat meals, but simply don’t have the time for elaborate preparations. 

57 Shabbat Dinner Recipes You’re Going to Love

57 Shabbat Dinner Recipes You’re Going to Love

This article from The Nosher, a Jewish food blog, provides links to more than 50 delicious recipes for Friday night dinner, including creative twists on traditional dishes as well as brand new ideas to spice up your weekly routine. With recipes for soups, sides, starters,

Little Presents by Rami Kleinstein

Little Presents by Rami Kleinstein

This sweet, poetic song (3:43) by Rami Kleinstein paints a picture of the warm associations that come along with Friday and Shabbat for many Israelis, whether religious or not. See chorus in Hebrew below. For the full Hebrew lyrics, click here. מתנות קטנות מישהו שלח

What does Shabbat mean in Tel Aviv?

What does Shabbat mean in Tel Aviv?

This fun clip (2:22) put out by the Birthright Israel Alumni Community demonstrates the special associations people have of Shabbat in Israel, whether religious or not. The makers of the video take to the streets of predominantly irreligious Tel Aviv to ask residents and visitors what

An Orthodox woman prepares for Shabbat in Jerusalem

An Orthodox woman prepares for Shabbat in Jerusalem

This wordless video clip (1:41) takes us along for the journey as an Orthodox woman in Jerusalem shops, bakes, and makes her weekly preparations for Shabbat. Set to the heartwarming music of Aaron Razel, this clip encapsulates the taste and feel of a typical Friday for

Moishe House: Friday Night Shabbat Rituals

Moishe House: Friday Night Shabbat Rituals

This less than 5 minute long animated video introduces the basic Shabbat rituals performed on Friday night, including the candle lighting ceremony, the Kiddush over wine, the ritual hand washing, and the blessing over Challah. With fun animations, an amusing plot, and a karaoke-style transliteration for the

Hand-Washing Blessing in ASL

Hand-Washing Blessing in ASL

This video demonstrates how to sign the ritual hand-washing blessing in American Sign Language, which is especially helpful for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those seeking to make their practice more inclusive. While there are no subtitles, there is an audio of

Ha-Motzi Blessing in ASL

Ha-Motzi Blessing in ASL

This video demonstrates how to sign the blessing over the bread in American Sign Language, which is especially helpful for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those seeking to make their practice more inclusive. While there are no subtitles, there is an audio

Bread from the Earth: Food Justice Ceremony

Bread from the Earth: Food Justice Ceremony

This ceremony, meant to be performed before the blessing over the bread, encourages people to contemplate the source of their food, the process it went through to get onto the Shabbat table, and the complexity of food systems. Structured as a guide for hosts, this