7 Hacks to Make Shabbat in the Summer Easier

Posted on August 13th, 2018
BY ZIBBY OWENS for Kveller

I observe Shabbat every Friday night. Well, kind of. I mean, I try to. I’d like to. But with four kids and all the summery stuff we try to pack into three short months, it can get pretty tricky for a busy, modestly observant family like mine.

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Hadlakat Nerot: The Spark of Transition

Posted on August 6th, 2018

A little fire and a little magic makes the lighting of Shabbat candles a moment to slow down and see things differently.

You have to love that our most ancient ritual, Shabbat, starts with a most contemporary aesthetic: dining by candlelight. In Jewish tradition, lighting candles at sunset on Friday is the last act of the workweek, the literal spark that carries us into Shabbat.

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8 Easy Ways to Turbocharge Your Shabbat Table

Posted on July 30th, 2018
by Rabbi Eli Nissel for aish.com

How to make the Shabbat table a highlight of your family’s week.

Shabbat is the greatest parenting tool. It’s a day of connection, 25 hours of media blackout that can help create a radiant home with deep, unbreakable relationships. The Shabbat table can become a highlight of a family’s week, but it requires preparation and strategy. Having the forethought to create an inspiring and stimulating Shabbat table takes work, but it’s worth it. There are few opportunities more conducive to reaching our children and transmitting our values.

Here are some nifty ideas I’ve collected for creating an exciting, kid-friendly Shabbat meal.

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Shabbat Friendly Things To Do With Kids Of All Ages

Posted on July 23rd, 2018
The Tribal Resource

Relay races (pair older kids with younger). A candy in a spoon or wheel barrow or leapfrog can work without too many supplies.
Apples to Apples Junior (this is always a BIG hit)
Human Checkers (for this all you need is 2 different color sheets of construction or copy paper and lay it out on the floor
Body games: 

  • Ha (all kids lie with someone's head on their stomach. Ist person says ha. 2nd person says ha ha. 3rd says hahaha. By the time you get to 5 everyone is laughing, and the person who starts laughing has to leave the game.  
  • Human machines: kids build machines with their own bodies and describe them to the other teams.
  • Mother May I/Red Light Green Light

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Tisha B’Av That Falls on Shabbat or Sunday

Posted on July 16th, 2018
From Chabad.org

This year Tisha B'Av falls on July 21. Read why the fast is on July 22

The following rules apply to any year on which Tisha B’Av is observed on Sunday—whether it originally fell on Sunday, or whether it fell on Shabbat and the fast was postponed until Saturday night.

On Shabbat, all public displays of mourning are strictly prohibited. On this day we eat, drink and rejoice as is customary—and even more so.

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