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

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Select describe and explain the important ways in which an Orthodox Jewish family observes Shabbat. There are several keywords in the title of this essay, to answer this question as fully as possible, then I need to identify them! I'm suggesting the keywords are "Orthodox", "Jewish" and "Shabbat", the easier of the three to explain are Orthodox and Jewish. Jewish, it roots from the word Jew, which is one of the worlds greatest religions, so when using the word Jewish, in context it is to identify and group, somebody by the religion they follow. Orthodox is one of the several denominations of the religion, an Orthodox Jew is somebody which has strict views on the original Mitzvot and will keep them, but there are such things as ultra-Orthodox Jews and these will live egsactly how they Mitzvot say to. Shabbat or more commonly known as Sabbath, is most probably known as the day Jesus worked on and was crucified for it. ...read more.


It is a very holy moment, for Shabbat has arrived. The father blesses his children, usually in Hebrew. It is a pray-full wish that his children will grow up to be Jewish, and follow the examples of the righteous Jewish men and woman in the history of Judaism. Then he will recite Kiddush - and every member of the family will listen and say "amen" at the end of each blessing. No-one will have tasted any food from the moment Shabbat began until hearing Kiddush. After Kiddush, everyone goes to wash their hands - this is not mental cleansing but their hands must be clean, even before washing. Then the family take their places at the table. The father will recite a blessing over the challot bread and after cutting the bread, he dips the pieces lightly in salt and passes them round. The father blessing the challot (Shabbat loaves) - represent the manna the miracle food that the ancient Israelites ate during their journey through the desert. ...read more.


He does recite a prayer over the challot. Later on the in afternoon, the Father may return to the synagogue again. Afternoon prayers are usually quite short and the sefer Torah is taken out again and the first part of the following week's sidra is read out. When the stars appear on Saturday night, Shabbat is over and the congregation prays the weekday evening service. This includes a prayer asking for God's blessing for the coming week. At the end of the service, the rabbi performs havadalah, (separation) a ceremony to mark the end of a holy day. He says a blessing over a cup of wine, followed by another over spices. A third blessing is said over the light of a candle, showing that Jews are once more allowed to light fire. He says one last blessing over the wine, and the separation of the holy day from the ordinary is completed. As soon as the family get home, the father performs havadalah and the whole family tidy up the house, and prepare for the coming week. ...read more.

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