What Is There to Do on Shabbat?

Maybe you've heard that there are a lot of things traditionally prohibited on Shabbat. So what on earth are you supposed to do for those 25 hours each week? Don't worry—just because it's the day of rest doesn't mean there aren't lots of enjoyable ways to spend Shabbat.

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Shabbat 101

Shabbat 101

The basics from candle lighting to havdalah.

Friday Night

The traditional Shabbat evening rituals are best shared with family and friends.

At Home

Shabbat observed at home is a day immersed in an atmosphere of rest, relaxation, and rejoicing.

Candle-Lighting Times

Find out when Shabbat starts.


Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.


Challah Recipe

Challah Recipe

Make your own challah, round or braided.


Prepared Friday and slow-cooked overnight, cholent is the traditional Sabbath-day dish.

Kugel Recipes

A traditional Jewish treat.

Jewish Coffee Cake

No coffee required.


The ultimate comfort food.

For Families

Shabbat for Families

Shabbat for Families

How to make Shabbat your family's favorite day of the week.

Blessing the Children

A spiritual gesture between parents and children.


Jewish hymns for the Sabbath day.

Taking Your Kids to Services

Seven reasons why, even though it's hard, it's really important to get to shul with the kids.

Accidental Shabbat

I was stuck at home on Friday night with my baby and thought, why not roast a chicken?

Prayers & Rituals

Shabbat Blessings

Shabbat Blessings

Expressing gratefulness for the week that passed as well as the day of rest.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Welcoming the Sabbath.

Biblical Sources

The Bible is the source of the notion that Shabbat is a taste of a perfected world to come.


We say goodbye to Shabbat in a bittersweet ceremony with wine, fragrance, and candlelight.

Melaveh Malkah

Shabbat doesn't have to end when the havdalah candle goes out.

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