Shabbat, Shabbos, Sabbath –

The Shabbat Project 2015. by Simon Apfel. Around the globe, people are once again joining the biggest global Jewish unity event the world has ever seen.

Shabbat – Heaven on Earth –

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 …

Candle Lighting, shabbat candle lighting –

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 the times for well over a thousand locations worldwide at …

Shabbat Songs –

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.

Glossary of Shabbat Buzz-words –

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 …

Playing Music on Shabbat: Ask the Rabbi Response

I have a question concerning playing music on Shabbat. My uncle is a wonderful guitar player and singer. He writes many songs and aspires to share his music with the world one day. On a recent Shabbat, we were at a friend’s house where many people were singing. I asked him to play, but he declined …

Carrying Keys on Shabbat: Ask the Rabbi Response

I’d like to know if there is any way I can carry my house key to the synagogue and back on Shabbat. The typical trick of hiding it under the mat just doesn’t feel so secure to me (we actually don’t have a mat anyway!).

Swimming on Shabbat: Ask the Rabbi Response –

The goal of Shabbat observance is to create an awareness that the world has a Creator and that we are obligated to do His will. By ceasing to engage in creative activities on Shabbat, we acknowledge that our creative energies come from God who created the world in six days and ceased on the seventh.

Shabbat Shalom Weekly: Va’eira 5779 –

Va’eira, Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Here begins the story of the Ten Plagues which God put upon the Egyptians not only to effect the release of the Jewish people from bondage, but to show the world that He is the God of all creation and history. The first nine plagues are divisible into three groups: 1) the water turning to blood, frogs, lice 2) wild beasts, pestilence/epidemic, boils 3) hail, locust …

M’oray Ha’Aish: Shabbat HaGadol

The significance of the Shabbat before Passover. The Shabbat prior to Passover is called Shabbat HaGadol. The source of the term is unclear as it is not found in the Tanach or Talmudic literature, 1 though in the Middle Ages a number of authorities occupied themselves with explaining the origin of …

Using Electric Lights as Shabbat Candles

Halacha requires lighting candles in the home before the onset on Shabbat every Friday. The Sages enacted this obligation in order to ensure the presence of “Shalom Bayit” – a sense of serenity in the home – on Shabbat.

A Shabbat Dinner Menu –

With lots of healthy salads and side dishes. In a large bowl, gently toss together the salmon and crushed hard-boiled eggs. In another bowl, combine bell pepper, cucumber, onion and mayonnaise. Add seasonings and stir to combine. Pour mixture over salmon, add lemon juice, and toss lightly to combine …

Shabbat as Social Action –

Shabbat is the day we stop doing our handiwork (melacha) and think of G-d’s handiwork: the beauty of Creation and all it contains, everything placed here for our enjoyment, because of His great love for us.

Friday Night Kiddush: How To

See companion article on the inspirational side of Friday Night Kiddush. Kiddush does not have to be said in Hebrew. It is acceptable to say in English or any other language, although Hebrew is preferred, and a person should make an effort to learn the Hebrew.

Weekly Torah Portion –

Articles on the weekly Torah portion, parsha, from beginner to advanced levels. Divrei Torah, inspiration, ethics and stories for all ages.

Blessing the Children –

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 …