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In this essay I will be looking at symbolism and rituals. Shabbat is a day to relax and not do any work.

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Select, describe and explain the religious ritual involved in Shabbat. In this essay I will be looking at symbolism and rituals. Shabbat is a day to relax and not do any work. Jews finish work about 2-3pm and go home to prepare for Shabbat. All of the family have a bath to (purify them self's), clean the house from top to bottom (purify the house), dress in their best clothes (to make it special for them), set the best dishes and table ware (make it special), prepare a delicious feast, set timers for lights and oven (because switching on a light and starting an oven is counted as wok so isn't allowed) and prepare some things around the house e.g.: take the bulb out of the refrigerator (so it does not turn on when you open the door). ...read more.


During the service there are readings from the scrolls of the Torah in Hebrew. After the service but before the meal, the man of the house recites Kiddush (a prayer); the man says the prayer over the wine (he would pass it around the family) sanctifying Shabbat. The usual prayer for eating bread is recited over two loaves of challah. Challah is a type of bread, sweet, eggy and shaped in a braid. This is dipped in salt then pasted around the family as well. As the meal needs to be made be for sunset it's usually stewed or slowly cooked items. Next morning a services begins around 9am goes on till about noon. After the repeats Kiddush again and has another meal. By the time Birkat ha-mazon it's about 2pm. The family studies the torah, talks, walk or play a game, it doesn't matter if they do it as a family or alone, a nap isn't uncommon. ...read more.


The candles were lit approximately eighteen minuets before sunset. You cannot light candles once Sabbath has begun. The Jewish calendar lists the correct times to light the candles each week including holidays. At least 2 candles have to be lit representing the mitzvoth of zachor and Shamor. Maaariv; the evening prayer service follows Kabbalad Shabbat followed by the silent prayer Amidah which is repeated by the leader. The davening has six introductory psalms (1 for each other day of the week and the motifs of king and queenship). In conclusion Shabbat is a special to Jews because it's a day of rest. It is welcomed as a gift from god. Shabbat is observed both in the home and in the synagogue, on your own of with family and friends. The prominence is given to women and children when Shabbat is celebrated at home. Family life is very important to Jews as well as celebrations, rules and beliefs in their religion. By Paula Wilkes 10JW R.E ...read more.

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