Shabbath Shalom – Spreading Light
Shabbat. Shabbos. The Sabbath.
Once a week, each Friday around sundown, my family gathers to light two candles. The light generated by these candles is symbolic of spiritual energy. It signals to us that the day of rest is here. It is time for us to pause and reflect on our week, and on our inner spiritual lives. We break bread (challah), share a home-cooked meal as a family, and disconnect from our daily routine in order to connect with a deeper, more important energy.
History and Development of Shabbat
The rabbis of antiquity deduced that all labors necessary for constructing a sanctuary and its appurtenances should serve as the blueprint for Shabbat prohibitions.
Despite the importance of Shabbat in Jewish life, the Torah provides few details as to its observance. Apart from the oft-repeated injunction to “do no work” on Shabbat (see Exodus 20:10, 35:2, and Deuteronomy 5:14, among others), the only other specifics mentioned are a few prohibitions such as those against kindling a fire, gathering wood, and plowing.
Let’s Bake Challah! the Jewish Baking App
What’s something Jewish that everyone loves? CHALLAH! With this Jewish baking app your kids can make challah without getting their hands sticky. Mix it, braid it, bake it, decorate it, bless it and eat it – it’s the whole challah experience for your mobile device.
Dozens of preschoolers in our challah test labs agree: it’s a fun way to play with your (Jewish) food! This iOS Jewish baking app helps kids learn and practice the Hebrew blessings for separating challah. Fun for kids 2 to 6.
By Yvette Miller for Chabad.org
Shabbat is my favorite day. When else do we get a chance to disengage from the world of work, and take a break from all the screen time that permeates our modern lives? For one day each week, my family and I eschew e-mail, television, video games, instant messaging, iPods, iPads, iPhones, and everything else that clutters up our days and makes us feel hectic during the week. Instead, like countless Jews before us, we experience Shabbat as a day of holiness, relaxation and togetherness.
Mexican Chef Pati Jinich Does Shabbat
By Rachel Ringler for Tablet Magazine
The Mexican-Jewish chef blends her roots to make chicken soup for the soul and guacamole topped with ‘gribenes’
Pati Jinich knows what it’s like to be a new immigrant in the United States. She came to this country on a visa when she was 24 years old and newly married. Homesick and unable to return to Mexico until her immigration papers were finalized she brought comfort to Texas by cooking the chicken soup of her youth for herself and her husband. The scent gave her rented duplex in Dallas a connection to home.