Sabbath Day (Shabbat)
An important part of Judaism is acknowledging the fruits of the earth as a gift from God. Hence, Judaism prescribes the recitation of blessings before and after eating, before enjoying fragrant aromas such as spices, or upon seeing pleasing sights such as rainbows. The blessing serves to elevate the physical into the realm of the spiritual. On Friday evening, as Jews welcome in their holy day of rest, Shabbat, blessings are recited over candles, wine, bread, children and more.
It is a mitzvah (commandment) for women to light candles to usher in the Sabbath day of rest. Read a succinct explanation of why and how.
One of the most moving Shabbat rituals is the blessing over the children given on Friday night.
Woman of Valor, Aishet Chayil in Hebrew, is a hymn which is customarily recited on Friday evenings, after returning from synagogue and singing "Shalom Aleichem" and before sitting down to the Shabbat evening meal.
Making challah with your family is a fun and bonding Jewish experience. Baking challah fills your home with a festive aroma. Serving homemade challah gives your holiday meal an extra dose of spirit.
Top ten ways for Jewish families to make Shabbat (Sabbath) a family fun time together.
Havdalah is a religious ceremony that marks the end of the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat). Learn how to conduct Havdalah in your own home.
Enjoy these recipes for traditional Shabbat dishes.
Long on desire for a special Shabbat meal, but short on time and energy? You'll find these quick and easy Shabbat recipes helpful.
What is a Shabbes Goy?
When does the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) begin and end each week? How can I find beginning and ending times for Jewish holy days?
Why do Jews observe a day of rest (Sabbath)?
Rabbi Shraga Simmons explains why we cover our eyes and wind our hands three times when lighting and blessing the Shabbat candles?
Why do some Jews refrain from driving in cars on the Sabbath?
Rabbi Shraga Simmons explains why orthodox Jews do not ride bicycles on Shabbat.
Why do some Jews not use electricity on the Sabbath?
This multi-media Shabbat site features everything from kiddush and challah through havdalah including Shabbat recipes, Shabbat songs, inspirational stories and more.
This is a wonderful article written by the Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah. Concise and yet edifying, this article will give those who are unfamiliar with Shabbos some of the key ideas that make it so special.
This is a friendly and informative page for those just starting to learn about Shabbat laws and customs.
Interesting article which examines the origins and evolution of Shabbat.
Brief description of Shabbat, with more information to come soon.
Learn about the Shabbat morning service, rituals of the Shabbat meal, and check candle lighting times throughout North America.
Unique content includes "The Shabbat" by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan and descriptions of the 39 categories of Shabbat work.
A clear table of candle lighting times in various cities. Also includes links to other sites with Shabbat content.
This Guide to Shabbat includes candlelighting times, prayers, traditions and more.