What CAN I do on Shabbat? Shabbos-Friendly Activities

Posted on August 13th, 2017
From CrazyJewConvertBlog

You've heard it before (and maybe you've even said it), "Shabbat is so restrictive. All you can do is go to synagogue." And reinforcing that perception, a Google search looking for activities allowed on Shabbat only returns pages and pages of things you can't do on Shabbat. For someone new to Shabbat, you're left wading through all the prohibitions and must figure out what's left when you rule everything else out.

I'm here to assure you that Shabbat is fun, peaceful, and can be filled with many activities! But as many people say, you can't understand the peace of Shabbat until you do it. 

Here is a list of ideas to get you thinking about the possibilities of Shabbat! Please feel free to add more Shabbat-friendly activities in the comments section! (After all, I'm a pretty boring person, so I'm sure I don't know the full breadth of possibility!)

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You can’t enter Shabbat without this new shabbat medley mashup

Posted on August 6th, 2017
From IsraelVideoNetwork

Shabbat music can certainly use a bit of a makeover so if you haven’t heard this mashup yet, well, listen!
Brilliant vocals and harmony combine to create a beautiful tapestry of Shabbat songs, interwoven to produce a unique take on popular songs.
Shabbat is meant to be a spiritually uplifting day and these songs can help inspire you.
So turn up the volume and treat yourself to some true talent.

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How the Rhythms of Shabbat Sustain Me

Posted on July 30th, 2017

A congregant asked me recently how I am managing. She meant both the circumstances of my life – single parent, working one job and about to start a second – and our national circumstances, as the new administration makes decisions that deeply distress me. What I really understood her to be asking was how I sustain myself during difficult times.

One of my answers is Shabbat.

Every week, we retell the creation story: for six days God labored creating the world, and on the seventh day God rested and was ensouled. We too can be ensouled, can experience an enlivening of our deepest selves, when we turn away from the world of work for 25 hours.

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Videos to help you learn the Shabbat blessings

Posted on July 23rd, 2017
From bimbam


bimbam has a series of family-friendly videos to help you and your child learn the blessings over lighting candles, wine/grape juice, challah, and havdalah.  

There are also videos teaching Shabbat songs, blessings over children, what is Kosher?, and more.  


Check them out!

How To Read Eshet Hayil - A Feminist Perspective

Posted on July 16th, 2017
BY WENDY ZIERLER for myjewishlearning.com 

Explaining this ancient song about a 'woman of valor'

I cannot remember exactly when my family began singing Eshet Hayil at the Friday night table. I do know that it was we, the kids, who brought this custom into the house. When I was 5 years old, my family moved to Toronto from Sarnia, a small town in Western Ontario where my father had owned a furniture store that was founded by his father, an immigrant from Galicia.

“Who had time in Sarnia,” recalls my father, “for a leisurely Friday night dinner? You had to rush home, eat quickly, and get back to the store.”

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