What Happens When Shavuot Falls on Saturday Night

Posted on May 13th, 2018
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, for Arutz7Sheva


Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19


There is a unique mitzvah of joy, both spiritual and physical, on Shavuot. Most critical: When Shavuot falls on Motzei Shabbat as it does this year, preparations from Shabbat to Chag are prohibited.

What are the special rules? Even if you don't observe them, you might enjoy knowing about them.

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Want more information on Shavuot? Check out Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide. 

Shabbat Craft Project: Shabbat in a Jar

Posted on May 6th, 2018
From JewishBoston

Create colorful candleholders to welcome Shabbat.

The main idea for kids: Create colorful candleholders to welcome Shabbat.

Recommended age: 4+

Supervision: Recommended

Supplies needed:

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The Shabbos Refrigerator

Posted on April 29th, 2018
by Kurt Kohlstedt for 99percentinvisible.org

Sabbath Mode: Adapting Modern Technologies to Ancient Religious Restrictions

Activating “Sabbath Mode” on a GE refrigerator disables interior lights, display panels, alarms and beeps as well as ice and water dispensers.  In that mode, opening the door triggers no changes, including normal cooling processes to compensate for temperature loss. So why would anyone want to disable such key functionality on a home appliance?

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Shabbat Checklist and Basic Laws

Posted on April 22nd, 2018
by Mrs. Lori Palatnik for aish.com

Your handy guide to prepare and organize for a spectacular Shabbat.

Preparing for Shabbat is a matter of learning and experience, which, in time, become as natural as breathing. Hang in there, and find the rhythm that's best for you.

As you go through this list, click on the links for more detailed "how-to" articles.

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Shabbat Zemirot - Songs Sung Around the Table

Posted on April 15th, 2018


Friday night, Shabbat begins. A time when work ceases and family can spend a relaxing evening together around the dinner table.  Here are several traditional zemirot, Shabbat songs, and some newer ones, that you and your family can learn from YouTube and when Shabbat comes, sing around the dinner table. So turn off your electronic devices, and experience the wonder of Shabbat; of eating together, singing together, being together.

Click on each song to get to the YouTube video.

Shalom Aleichem 

Tzur Mishelo 

Yom Zeh L'Yisrael 

Ya Ribon Olam 

Shabbat Shalom 

There's A Dinosaur Knocking on My Door 

Want more information on Shabbat? Check out Jvillage Network's Shabbat Guide.