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

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: Explain how observing the Sabbath every week might affect the life of a Jew. Shabbat is a time of peace and joy for Jews all over the world, and involves prayer, food and relaxation. It begins Friday night at sunset and ends when there are three stars visible in the sky Saturday evening. Shabbat is observed both by positive rituals, such as three festive meals (Friday-night dinner, Saturday lunch, and a Saturday-evening meal), and prohibitions. There are over thirty Activities forbidden on the Shabbat, as the Sabbath is supposed to be a day of rest in which Jews can focus on God and their family. Many Jews attend synagogue services on Shabbat even if they do not do so during the week. The Sabbath also involves many restrictions of anything that can be classed as work or exerting excessive effort. Therefore things such as turning on lights, cleaning, building etc should all be avoided. Preparations for the Sabbath begin on Friday afternoon, observant Jews leave the office, the house is cleaned, the family bathes and dresses up a festive meal is prepared. ...read more.

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The effect Sabbath has on each Jew obviously varies. As mentioned earlier children may find it more difficult as its hard for them to truly understand and appreciate the opportunity Sabbath gives them tot see their family and worship. Whereas adults may be more excited about the Sabbath as they get to spend time with one another. Another factor that determines how people are effected by the Sabbath may be the surrounding population. If a Jew is living in a predominantly Jewish country they may find Sabbath very simple as the locals are all observing the same ritual and are not out and about. Whereas, if you live in a non Jewish society and all your friends and neighbourhoods are continuing with their life, this may make it harder for the Jewish person as they may wish to go out, do their shopping , see their friends as they were probably working 9-5 all week and want to see their friends on the weekends. ...read more.

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children may not accept the spiritual aspects of Sabbath and are used to getting their way, and wont see why they cant use the computer or tv so are likely to get bored. However, I am sure once the children and teens get used to the idea of Sabbath they should be able to cope better, The concept of Sabbath is one that ensures Jews relax and have a stress free weekend as a reward for working hard all week. it symbolises the ancient times in which Jews were made to work all week without a break, and this celebration is a reward for the hardship they once faced. This practice allows the Jews to draw closer to god through prayer, reflection and rituals. the effects that the Sabbath is the ability to bring the family closer together, given the busy schedule of most people during the week the Sabbath provides an excellent opportunity to retreat back to the family and prioritise your home over your work or friends. It also could rejuvenate the Jews as after a spiritual weekend they feel more confident and comfortable getting on with the rest of the week and have not over worked themselves. ...read more.

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