Shalom Aleichem – learn to sing the Shabbat song
The Friday night song that Jewish families love
Learn Shalom Aleichem, a traditional Jewish song sung at Friday night dinner. It’s a beautiful song and Alicia Jo Rabins teaches us what it means and how to sing it.
Everything You Need to Know About Shabbat Services
BY: JANE E. HERMAN for ReformJudaism.org
Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, is a weekly holiday that celebrates creation and offers a respite from the hectic pace of the rest of the week. Shabbat begins at sundown on Friday and ends with Havdalah – a short ceremony that separates Shabbat from the rest of the week – on Saturday evening.
Many Jewish communities hold Shabbat services on both Friday night and Saturday morning (and sometimes also on Friday afternoon and on Saturday afternoon and evening). Each congregation is autonomous, although many are linked by their denominational affiliation. Reform congregations in North America are members of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Shabbat for Families
BY SARA SHAPIRO-PLEVAN for myjewishlearning.com
How to make Shabbat your family's favorite day of the week.
Preparing for and celebrating Shabbat can be a daunting proposition. There are so many things to do even just to prepare, and if you have children, the prospect of celebrating Shabbat (meant to be joyous and relaxing) for even one hour, let alone 25, can seem preposterous.
HOMEMADE CHALLAH FOR THE WORKING WOMAN
by Julie Steinberg for The Jew & The Carrot
I recently headed back to the office after being at home for nearly 18 months. During that year and a half, I renewed my relationships with my children, husband, self, and…my kitchen. I have always been one to cook and entertain, but being at home upped the ante. I turned play dates into dinner dates. Every Friday was a complete Shabbat dinner. There was usually a homemade something or other for dessert. And we had so many leftovers, we had to literally give them away to the neighbors. During this time, I shopped at my leisure, stopping into boutique markets and buying direct from the farms. I founded a CSA. In short, I found a great deal of happiness and comfort in cooking, especially for those I love. It became more than a hobby; it became a passion.
Shabbat for Kids
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.