• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe how and explain why Jews celebrate the Sabbath.

Extracts from this document...


Shabbat 1. Describe how and explain why Jews celebrate the Sabbath The word Shabbat means 'to rest' or to 'refrain from any creative activity'. We learn in Genesis 2:1-3 that G-d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. By keeping the seventh day of the week free from any creative activity we are imitating G-d - imitatio Dei. What is meant when it is said that to celebrate Shabbat we must refrain from any creative activity is that we must refrain from doing any of the 39 melachot that were done when building the Mishkan. The Mishkan is seen as a mini-world and so like G-d 'rested' after six days of Creation, we too must refrain from any of the creative activity that was done when building the Mishkan. ...read more.


On the Shabbat afternoon people either rest at home talking to their family or going for walks with friends and having time to spend relaxing from the normal stresses that the weekdays can bring. This is important because for Jews spending time with family is an important part of Jewish life. Shabbat has also sometimes been called 'an island in time' because it is part of the week where time seems to stop so that there is time made especially for just relaxing and spending time thinking and with your family. 2. Explain how celebration Havdalah might affect the life of a Jew. Havdalah means 'separation'. This might affect the life of a Jew because it is separating the normal working weekdays with the Shabbat, the day of rest. ...read more.


If they were separate then there would be no chance of that happening. Another reason for Jews to separate themselves from other people is that some people think that they should not mix with non-Jews. By separating themselves there is no way that that can happen. Others, however, think the opposite. They think that as long as the laws are kept then there is no reason why Jews should separate themselves from other people. They also think that it is not right to separate ourselves from other people because it is good to learn about other people and not to separate ourselves. I think that it is wrong to completely separate ourselves from other people because I agree that as long as we keep the commandmants and laws then there is no reason to be separated. Georgina Diamond ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Judaism section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Judaism essays

  1. Pesach is the biggest of the three pilgrim festivals, along with Sukkot and Shavuot ...

    Most of this expense comes from the fact that Jewish families have to stock their pantries from scratch and that there's a minimum of ten festival meals during the week of Passover- and a lot of these meals have company as, like a Christian Christmas is, Passover is very social.

  2. Describe some of the different ways in which the Sabbath is observed in Jewish ...

    Brit Milah is a Rite of Passage that can take place in the home and can strengthen a Jewish family in many ways. Both parents have an active part in the ceremony, which shows the equality of the partnership. The child is passed around to hug before the ceremony, showing

  1. Reformed Jews and Orthodox Jews. Explain how the differing worship and lifestyle of these ...

    The Torah's insistence of "An eye for an eye", for example, was never meant to be taken literally, Moses was taught that it meant the financial value of the lost eye.

  2. : Explain how observing the Sabbath every week might affect the life of a ...

    and prefer to be at home anyway, and finally its an excellent opportunity to see their loved ones. thus for them the Sabbath does not effect them as much and definitely would not effect them in a negative way. for adults it has its ups and downs, loosing out on

  1. Sabbath. Every week, Jews have a day of rest called Sabbath or Shabbos

    Before wiping their hands on the towel, they recite a blessing Baruch atah Adonai, Elohaynu, melech ha-olam asher keed'shanu b'meetzvotav v'tzeevanu al n'tilat yadayim. There is no amen at the end of this blessing because each person recites their

  2. Describe the celebration and significance of the Jewish Sabbath. (24) The ...

    c) "Christians no longer keep their Sabbath day Holy." Do you agree/disagree with this statement. Give reasons for your answer. (15) "Christians no longer keep their Sabbath Holy" is a statement, which is very stereotypical of Christians. In today's society, there is a certain disregard for the Sabbath by some Christians, which seems to brush aside the fact that the Sabbath is for worship and rest.

  1. Select describe and explain the important ways in which an Orthodox Jewish family observes ...

    A certain part called a sidra is read each Shabbat so that the entire scroll is completed during the course of the year. These scrolls are the holiest objects in the synagogue.When the Ark (containing the scrolls) are opened, everyone stands up to show respect.

  2. The Shabbat is a festival, which is celebrated from sunset on Friday night until ...

    Jews cannot wear a tie or shoes with laces. This would mean they would have to wear slip on shoes and will not be able to wear a tie to anything smart they go to. The mother will need to be very organised to make sure that everything is in place before sunset on Friday.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work