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The Shabbat Basics

A basic guide to Shabbat observance—candle-lighting, kiddush, havdalah, and much more . . .

Shabbat Rituals
Candle lighting. Kabbalat Shabbat. Sholom Aleichem. Kiddush. Havdalah. The sounds, tastes and scents of Shabbat--the stuff of which are fondest, most profound memories are made
Greeting the Shabbat
The Friday night "Shabbat greeting" prayers have been legendary throughout the ages for their poetry and haunting and joyful melodies
How to Greet Others on Shabbat
Shabbat Shalom or Gut Shabbos
What to say? As always, different Jews have different ways of doing things.
Kiddush; Friday Night Meal
The commencement of the Shabbat meal--the kiddush (sanctification)--sets the tone for the meal and day and defines what makes it special
Shabbat Day
Morning prayers, Shabbat meal, a restful and soulful Shabbat afternoon -- these and more in this section which leads you through the Shabbat day
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