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"More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews."
Ahad Ha'am (Asher Ginsberg, poet and Zionist ideologue: 1856-1927) is quoted as saying

The Talmud (Shabbat 10b) states that Shabbat was God’s precious and guarded treasure, which was given to the Jews as a gift. It was His day of rest, and He shared it with the Jewish people. Shabbat was the day to be dedicated to building a relationship with the Divine, and reconnecting with the spiritual after a week of toiling in the physical world.


Prepare a delicious Shabbat meal for yourself, your family and/or your friends.

  • There are no rules about how many people make a Shabbat table. All you need is good company and a few good recipes. Bring the tastes of Israel to your Shabbat table by trying some of Israel Forever’s various Cooking Israel recipes.

    Have your own Shabbat recipe you want to share with our global community? Email it to us today!

Light Shabbat candles before sundown and recite the following blessing:

  • בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אַדֹנָ-י אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל שַׁבָּת

    Transliteration: Baruch a-ta A-do-nay Elo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam a-sher ki-di-sha-nu bi-mitz-vo-tav vi-tzi-va-noo li-had-leek ner shel Sha-bat

    Translation: Blessed are you, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the Holy Shabbat.

    Check the web for Shabbat start times HERE and HERE or by doing a simple Google search.

Recite the Kiddush over a glass of Kosher red wine or grape juice.

  • Take the cup of wine in the right hand, pass it to the left hand, and lower it onto the palm of the right hand. The cup should be held approximately 9 inches above the table throughout the Kiddush. Those listening to the Kiddush should respond Amen as indicated.

    .בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

    Transliteration: Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech Haolam, borei p'ri hagafen.

    Translation: Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. (Amen)

    Learn more about the rituals of Kiddush HERE and HERE

Optional: Disconnect in order to reconnect

  • Power down your devices and enjoying a peaceful 25 hours free of the daily routines. If you aren’t ready to shut down entirely, try it out for an hour each week and see how it feels.

Optional: Attend Shabbat services on either Friday night or Shabbat morning.

  • Even without a membership, most congregations will allow anyone to walk in and partake in the sanctity of Shabbat services. While there, take a moment to introduce yourself to other individuals who might also be interested in #ShabbatTalks.



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