|Ask Rabbi Lerner|
Why is the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) celebrated on Friday?
On the seventh day of creation, God rested from all the work of the previous six days of creation (See the Book of Genesis). The Torah tells the Jewish people that they also should rest on the seventh day.
In Judaism, days are counted
from sunset on one day until sunset on the next day. So the seventh day of creation
corresponds to sunset on Friday evening to sunset on Saturday evening.
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
Foundation for Family Education (FFFE)