Celebrate the joy of “making Shabbat” each week in your homewith rituals, prayers, blessings, food, and song.
This expanded, easy-to-use edition of the classic spiritual sourcebook offers updated information, more ideas, and new resources for every aspect of the holy day.
An inspiring how-to guide to every aspect of Shabbat, including:
- History and meaning
- How to prepare
- Rituals, prayers, and blessings (step-by-step)
- The Sabbath day
- Songs and prayers in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish (with clear transliterations)
- Recipes for traditional and modern foods to spice up the Shabbat menu
- Family activities to enhance the experience
Enriched by real-life voices sharing practical suggestions and advice, this creative resource helps us to reacquaint ourselves with time-tested traditions and discover old and new ways to celebrate Shabbat, including biblically-inspired songs and games, Shabbat-related crafts, and more family-tested ideas.
About the Author
Dr. Ron Wolfson, visionary educator and inspirational speaker, is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community; The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth; Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth; Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat, all Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Art of Jewish Living family guides to spiritual celebrations; The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community; A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort and, with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (all Jewish Lights), a book for children ages 6 and up. He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in JudaismYizkor, Who by Fire, Who by WaterUn'taneh Tokef, All These VowsKol Nidre and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in JudaismAshamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).
Table of Contents
Foreword Using This Text 1. The Art of Shabbat 2. Seder Leil Shabbat The Shabbat Seder 3. Hakhanah leShabbat Preparing for Shabbat 4. Hadlakat Nerot Candlelighting 5. Shalom Aleikhem Peace Be to You 6. Birkhot Hamishpahah Family Blessings 7. Kiddush Sanctification of the Day 8. Netilat Yadayim Washing the Hands 9. Hamotzi The Blessing over Bread 10. Se'udat Shabbat The Shabbat Meal 11. Zemirot Shabbat Songs 12. Birkat Hamazon Blessing after Food 13. The Sabbath Day Shabbat Morning The Final Hours Se’udah ShelishitThe Third Meal Havdalah Practical Questions and Answers about Shabbat Practices and Rituals 14. The Shabbat Gallery: Activities for Shabbat Enjoyment Things to Do Discussion Topics Shabbat Customs around the World Recipes Crafts for the Embellishment of Your Shabbat Table Afterword Appendix: Complete Text of Birkat Hamazon for Shabbat Selected Bibliography of Shabbat Resources About the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs About the University of Judaism About Jewish Lights