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How does an orthodox Jewish family observe Shabbat? Shabbat: means to cease/rest Shabbat is the Jewish holy day it isn't as some may presume a day of rest as it is a day dedicated to thinking about the intentions of God .For Jews it is the highlight of their week and a joyous occasion. Shabbat runs from Friday evening at dusk to Saturday evening at dusk No work is to be done on Shabbat as God stopped creating on the 7th day and this includes lighting fires and carrying things out of the house to name a few. The Shabbat rules are however flexible as if furniture needed to be moved from one house across the street to share the Shabbat meal a board could be put up in the street and the whole street would become one house. Also all Shabbat rules can be put aside when saving a life or treating/preventing an imminent accident. Another reason for Shabbat is as a mark of their freedom from slavery in Egypt "Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. ...read more.


Women have a very important duty in the welcoming of Shabbat as this ceremony is important in welcoming Shabbat to the entire family during the lighting of the candles the mother will say a special blessing called the berachah " King of the universe who has hallowed us by the commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Sabbath lights" Berachah (blessing) Family is also very important in Shabbat and this is shown at the Shabbat meal which is a meal that is eaten on Friday evening the whole family will sit down at the table and eat a meal during this the children will be blessed by both parents. The parents will say: - "Boys: Make you as Ephraim and Manasseh Girls: God make you as Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah" Proverbs 31:10-31 The Jewish meal on Shabbat is Kiddush- Sanctifying made Holy and set apart This is what the meal on Shabbat night is The meal is made Holy because of the special items which have to be on the table for the meal to be holy theses special items are two loaves of bread (challot), candles and wine. ...read more.


light from dark Shabbat from the other days of the week etc. Then a blessing is said over a small box of spices. The spice box is passed around the family and each smell it, this is done so because the sweet smell of the spices is supposed to symbolise the sweetness of Shabbat and they smell the spices in the hope that the sweet memory of Shabbat will linger into the week. Then a candle is lit and a blessing said over that. The candle symbolises that Shabbat is over because a fire can be lit and also that it is now a new week because the first thing that God created was light and so Jews are following God in this way. Then the ceremony closes and it ends when the plaited candle is extinguished by wine. This ends Shabbat and life for Jews returns to normal. Shabbat is the highlight of the week for Jews and they look forward to it. Many symbolic things happen every Shabbat but mainly on Shabbat the Jews hope to feel the physical heightening of their souls and that there relationship with God has got stronger. ...read more.

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