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Basics of Shabbat / Shabbos

What makes Friday night into Shabbat? How does Saturday become Shabbos?

“Shabbat” literally means, “Stop!” Stop running around, stop trying to get stuff done, stop trying to change the world — stop and just be present for a day (or even part of a day). For a beginner, that’s all you need to know.

But for someone looking to up their game and help their family get more out of the Seventh Day, here are a few resources we recommend:

Sabbath: Day Of Eternity — A short book on the deeper meaning of Shabbat.

Friday Night and Beyond — An excellent practical how-to guide that will walk you through running your own Shabbat experience.

Shabbos Home — A comprehensive guide to the “stopping” of Shabbat.

Shabbos Kitchen — Since much of Shabbat enjoyment includes food, this volume is a useful companion to the previous one.

The Sabbath — A comprehensive rationale to the laws of Shabbat.

Gateway to Judaism — Top pick for an introduction to all the basics.

Shabbat Shalom!





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