North Shore Temple Emanuel
a Progressive Jewish Congregation
Each Friday evening, families around the world begin the celebration of Shabbat. For many, the evening includes favorite foods, company for dinner, special songs, and blessings. On Shabbat, families take a break and spend time together and with community. An erev Shabbat (Friday evening) ritual that is both simple and beautiful is to light candles to “usher in” the Sabbath and set it apart from the weekday world. Immediately after lighting candles, special blessings are said over the wine or grapejuice, the challah, and in many families, over the children as well.
This downloadable PDF personal guide will take you through all the steps of what is Shabbat, its history and how to prepare. It takes you though the Friday night rituals, details about Saturday morning, afternoon, and Havdalah, the ending of the Sabbath. Additionally, it includes zmirot (songs for Shabbat), special readings and a guide to pronunciation. Remember, this is a guide. Don't feel overwhelmed. Just start with one thing that speaks to you, and add more practices as you feel comfortable.
Get familiar with Jewish blessings and Friday night traditions with our singalong lyrics video created through a partnership with Moishe House and Taglit-Israel Birthright.
If you want to host Shabbat dinner at your home and you are not super familiar with the tunes or blessings, this sing-along Shabbat guide should get you up to speed in no time.
For the deed to be effective, it must not remain that of an individual but must become that of a community. Even the purely religious aspects of the Jewish deed are most intimately interwoven with the general matrix of community existence.
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