For three millennia, Shabbat has been the Jewish oasis in time. Find out what’s behind this weekly day off. Shabbat is the name for the seventh day of the week. The Torah tells us, “Six days you shall work, and the seventh day is Shabbat, for the Lord your God.” (Deut. 5:13) In Judaism, the other …
Judaism 101: The basic philosophical, theological and legal concepts of Judaism
Preparing the Shabbat table — gleaming silver and satin white – is a labor of love.
As the sun approaches the horizon, the magic begins. See companion article on the inspirational aspects of candle-lighting. 1. Lighting time varies, depending on the time of year and city location, but must always be done before sunset. See a current online listing at aish.com. There are special …
To avoid using electricity on Shabbat many Jews have “Shabbat lamps” which remain on but can be made to conceal their light when light is not wanted w/o turning them off, or some simply have lights on timers.
Get your lingo down pat, and don’t be left in the dark. Aliyah ― To be “called up” to the Torah. Common usage: “I got an aliyah,” or “This is the last aliyah.” (Also refers to the act of moving to Israel ― as in, “The Greenbergs have decided to make aliyah.”) Amidah (also called Shemoneh Esrei …
Why we rest on Shabbat. Many people have a basic misconception regarding Shabbat. We tend to think of it as simply a day of R&R – a day to relax our minds and bodies from the stresses and tediousness of the workweek. As worthy an idea as that is, the laws of Shabbat paint a very different picture …
Shabbat songs: Vocals – Josh Boretsky Keyboards – Leib Yaakov Rigler Percussion – Yitzhak Attias Except for: * Vocals by Ryan Lindo, instruments by Avraham Gislason of Aish Toronto ** Vocals by Casey Chisick, instruments by Avraham Gislason and Cantor Aharon Ben-Soussan of Aish Toronto.
Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She is the Founding Director of The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, an international initiative that brings thousands of women to Israel each year from 18 different countries on highly subsidized programs to inspire them with the beauty and wisdom of their heritage (www.jwrp.org).
The Shulhan Aruch, in Siman 345, based on the Gemara, delineates the four different Reshuyot, or domains, that are relevant to the laws of Shabbat.
Shabbat is the Day of the Candles, the Day of Light, the day when we clearly see our purpose in this world. Shabbat is the day on which we see we have a soul. The soul itself is called a candle — the candle of God.
The deeper Kabbalistic significance of Shabbat. What is the Holiest Spot in the World for the Jewish People?
Tried-and-true ways to make Shabbat great for kids. Let’s face it. Shabbat has a lot of don’ts and can’ts. The challenge for parents is to convey how all the “restrictions” actually open up an exciting new dimension of fun. With the right approach, Shabbat becomes the kids’ favorite day …
2) Kavod Shabbat. In Judaism, the days of the week (Sunday, Monday, etc.) don’t have special names of their own. Rather, we refer to these weekdays as “the first day toward Shabbat,” “the second day toward Shabbat,” etc.
A magic, eternal moment of connection for parents and children. It is a beautiful custom to bless your children every Friday night; it’s a moment filled with love and meaning, especially when you understand the source behind such a tradition. One of the Fathers of the Jewish people was Jacob, who …
All-purpose Jewish calendar – listing holidays, sefirat ha’omer, shabbat and holiday candle lighting times.
The complete collection of Aish.com coloring pages – on all weekly Torah portions and major Jewish holidays.
1. When should one daven Mincha on erev Shabbos? Preferably, one should daven Mincha before lighting the menorah. This is the same sequence of events as in the Holy Temple, where the menorah was lit after the afternoon offering.
Chollent. by Aish HaTorah Women’s Organization. A Jewish stew that comes in many flavors and styles.