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

Describe the different ways that Jews celebrate Shabbat in the home and Synagogue. Explain how observing the Sabbath every week might affect the life of a Jew

Extracts from this document...


Michael Matthews R.E. Coursework a) Describe the different ways that Jews celebrate Shabbat in the home and Synagogue. b) Explain how observing the Sabbath every week might affect the life of a Jew c) "It strengthens the Jewish family to share religious ritual in the home.". Do you agree? a) "Keep the Sabbath, my day of rest, because it is a sign between you and me for all time to come, to show that I, the Lord, have made you my own people" ( Exodus 31: 13). The Sabbath day is one of the important days in the Jewish week. It is celebrated every week from Friday evening (sunset), to when the stars appear Saturday evening. They do this because G-d created the world in seven days. This day was known as the Sabbath day. During Friday daytime the house is tidied and the table is laid. It is usually the oldest female member who welcomes in the Sabbath. The first thing that she will do is light two candles, she says a prayer whilst lighting these candles. These prayers are said, and are asking G-d to bless their home. Sometimes there will be a service at the local Synagogue. ...read more.


and one over another cup of wine. The candle is plaited and has six wicks, which represent the six days of work during the week. The candle is put out in the wine. The Sabbath day is now over for another week. Jews hope that it will be thankful. b) Observing the Sabbath day is very important in a Jewish community. It is important to rest from Friday evening to Saturday evening as G-d rested, so must G-d. This may cause complications in life if they do not live in a Jewish community. They may not be able to find Kosher food or the Challot bread. The bread is an important part of the Sabbath because it represents the Manna. The Manna is the food the Israelites used during their journey through the desert. Jews are not allowed to use their vehicles on Shabbat to buy items because they would be breaking the forbidden Melachot. If a Jewish person has a job, attending the Sabbath will have a great impact. They would not be able to work on a Saturday, which would affect their wages. If a Jewish person was appling for a Job and he stated he could not work whilst the Sabbath was on, it might make the employer reconsider accepting them. ...read more.


The good reasons are that sharing rituals in the home will bring the family closer together so they might trust each other more. They would also be spending more time together, which means they can talk about all their current affairs since their last intervention. Another good reason is that if a member of their family has any doubts about their faith, they could talk about it with their family. If they weren't with their family, there could be a possibility that they would not feel close to anyone else. There are also bad points to the statement because their might already be tension between two members, and just as they feel they have sorted the situation, there might become an argument. If they did not attend rituals with their family, then they might have less opportunity to raise that argument. If a person has been asked to attend Shabbat or any other occasion, and they feel that they Don't want to or have been asked to go elsewhere, their family might take it personally. There are good points and bad points for supporting the quote, but i don't think I would agree with the statement because I think it would help build the family relationship. Other people however, might support it. It is just a matter of opinion. ...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. Roles of the synagogue.

    At the end of the hymn they say together, 'Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. For everything in heaven and in earth is yours. A portion of the Torah is read every Shabbat.

  2. The synagogue and the home.

    'For Jews the home is more important than the synagogue' Discuss Some may feel that the home is more important than the home is more important than the synagogue. This can be for a number of reasons. They may feel this because you don't need a synagogue to be able to get together and pray.

  1. Explain how observing the Shabbat every week might affect the life of a Jew

    This could mean that they were unable to join sports clubs like hockey or netball that often practise after school in the winter. If a Jewish child went on a school trip, they might have to make special arrangements so that they were following the mitzvot on Shabbat, which would

  2. What does the word 'synagogue' mean and how did synagogues come into being?

    It is central to ensure that everybody will be able to see and hear the Torah being read, and it is raised to signify the importance of the Torah. The fact that it is central indicates that the Torah is at the very centre of the religion.

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

    (the oral torah explains the written torah). They believe that the torah contain the 613 mitzvoth and they should follow them very strictly. Reformed Jews Reform Judaism does not believe that the Torah was written by G-d. they accepts the critical assumption of Biblical authorship of it being written by different people and then connect together once finished.

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

    The challah should be covered with a bread cover or towel, and loaves should be whole. The candles are lit after no more than 18 minutes before sundown, they are lit by the women of the household, usually the mother, and after lighting the candles she waves her hands over the two candles to welcome the Sabbath.

  1. Explain how Mark shows the difference between Jesus and the Pharisees over the observance ...

    At the time of David, Jews were constantly being killed because of their beliefs. However, once King David arrived in power this general attitude towards Jews had undergone a drastic change, completely altering it. King David accepted the Jews and respected them as he would another Roman.

  2. Don't Judge a Jew by His Cover - The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

    Potok uses a baseball game to symbolize the two different groups "fighting" each other face to face. One team consisted of the Hassidic boys, and the other team consisted of the modern Jewish boys. The game got very intense, so much so, that at one point the members of each team wanted to kill each other.

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