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Additional Shabbat and Havdalah Guide Resources
For a more complete explanation of the customs, rituals, and blessings, go to www.InterfaithFamily.com/shabbat to see our resources, including the booklets Shabbat Made Easy, Havdalah and Shabbat: What To Expect At A Synagogue.
Additional External Resources for Shabbat
- Falk, Marcia. The Book of Blessings. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.
A completely untraditional, innovative rereading of Jewish liturgy, emphasizing the immanence of God in nature.
- Gimbel, Jeremy. Birkon Mikdash Me'at: NFTY's Bencher. New York: URJ Press, 2005.
The Reform youth movement booklet with the grace after meals, blessings and Hebrew songs popular in the Reform movement.
- Haruni, Mike and Munishor, Phillip. The Nevarech Bencher. Jerusalem: Israel Observer Publications, 1999.
A booklet with the grace after meals, blessings and Hebrew songs, featuring color photographs as illustrations and clear, easy to read translation.
- Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Sabbath. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975.
This is a classic work of Jewish theology. You can read an excerpt, "Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time," here
- Olivestone, David. The NCSY Bencher. New York: Artscroll Publications, 1993.
This is the Orthodox youth movement booklet with the grace after meals, blessings and Hebrew songs, featuring a very complete transliteration.
- Shabbat on Ritualwell.org.
Articles about personal practice from a feminist spiritual perspective.
- Wolfson, Ron. The Shabbat Seder. Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002.
Everything you need to know to observe Shabbat. This book has an accompanying booklet with prayers for use at your table.