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Select,describe and explain the religious rituals involved in Shabbat.

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Select, describe and explain the religious rituals involved in Shabbat Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Sabbath; it is the Jewish day for rest and worship. Shabbat begins every Friday night at sunset and ends on Saturday when 3 stars appear in the sky. Jewish people celebrate Shabbat because of the story of how God made the world, this story is called Genesis. The story says that God worked for six days and on the seventh day he rested; therefore Jews rest on the seventh day of their week, which is Saturday. Shabbat is also known as Shabbos and Queen Sabbath. Most Jewish people look forward to Shabbat all week. Jewish people devout the day to worship, study and spending time with the family. ...read more.

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The two commandments are to remember and observe Shabbat. The men and boys go the synagogue for the evening service. When they return from the synagogue he says a prayer called Kiddush and then he will bless his children wishing that they grow up like the Matriarchs and Patriarchs. The family will then all sit down at the table for the Shabbat eve meal, for most Jewish people this is considered the most important meal of the week. The table is always covered with a clean white cloth, this is as a sign of purity. The father will say Kiddush over a goblet this is overflowing with red wine. The family will then go and wash their hands, this is another sign of purity. ...read more.

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At the end of Shabbat is there is another ceremony that is called Havdulah. A special candle with several wicks is lit and a spice box is opened, this is to wish everyone a sweet week until the next Shabbat. For Havdalah there is four blessings that need to be made, the first one is made over wine. The second one is made over fragrant spices; these spices represent a compensation for the loss of the special Sabbath spirit. The third one is made over a multi-wicked Havdalah candle. The final blessing is the blessing of Havdalah itself, is it recited over wine. After the blessing has been completed the wine is drunk. At the end of Shabbat people wish each other a good week, a few drops of wine will then be used to extinguish the flame of the candle. Nadia Al-Ahmad 04/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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