Shabbat

Electricity on Shabbat

Why traditional Jews unplug (albeit with some workarounds) during the Sabbath.

Blessing the Children

This Friday night practice is taken from the priestly blessing.

What Is Shabbat Shuvah?

The Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur emphasizes themes of return and repentance.

Ask the Expert: What To Do On Shabbat?

How do I occupy myself on this day of rest?

Zemirot, or Shabbat Table Songs

Learn the most popular songs associated with the day of rest.

What Is An Eruv?

The eruv is a boundary that allows observant Jews to carry needed things in public on Shabbat.

The Torah Service

The Torah is taken out during prayer services on Shabbat, Mondays and Thursdays.

Siddur Contents: Shabbat & Holiday Liturgy

A guide to the prayerbook and the standard service.

History and Development of Shabbat

The rabbis of antiquity deduced that all labors necessary for constructing a sanctuary and its appurtenances should serve as the blueprint for Shabbat prohibitions.

Shabbat as a Reminder of Creation

Heschel draws out the implications of the idea that we rest in memory/imitation of God's primeval rest at the end of Creation.

Why Observe Shabbat?

Modern Jewish thinkers explore new dimensions of what Shabbat observance can mean.

Cholent: The Sabbath Stew

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