Shabbat is the Divine gift we need to thrive in today’s frenzied world. It gives us the opportunity to improve our quality of life; to be happier and more fulfilled as individuals, and to nurture our precious relationships. It gives us the time and space we need to breathe; to strengthen our faith and our family, and find meaning and purpose; to create a home environment that will inspire our children to opt into a Jewish future. Join the founder of the Shabbat Project, Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, on a journey to explore how the practical aspects of the day – what we do and refrain from doing – create an immersive, uniquely enriching experience. Learn how the restrictions paradoxically liberate us, creating a space we fill with meaningful moments. Discover how, amidst the challenges of the 21st century, keeping Shabbat in accordance with its original Divine formula brings us the gifts of joy, meaning and connection.
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Shabbat is a day of rest that lasts from sundown on Friday evening through nightfall on Saturday night. In addition to a plethora of things that observant Jews will famously not do on Shabbat (such as driving, working, or turning on a light switch), there are a host of things we do do in order to “make the Shabbat a delight” (in the words of Isaiah 58:13). A big part of the “delight” of Shabbat is the enjoyment of three Shabbat meals, mainly the first two—Friday night dinner and Shabbat lunch—that are elegantly prepared, preceded by the sipping of ceremonial kiddush wine and the breaking of traditional challah bread, and lingered over with songs, inspiring thoughts and camaraderie. (The third meal, eaten late on Shabbat afternoon, is normally lighter.) If you are joining as a guest, the first thing for you to know is that guests are considered an integral part of any Shabbat meal. Your hosts are very happy to have you—their meal just would not feel right otherwise!