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How You Can Make Shabbat: Preparing

In the Jewish calendar, days begin at sundown as they did in the story of creation. Whether we observe Shabbat or not, it comes each week. It is our choice to "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy," as it says in the Ten Commandments. It is the remembering that is important. Remember to plan a meal that you can all eat together, with family or friends, at the same time! It can be a special meal or a simple meal. It can be pizza picked up after a hard day at work, a potluck, or something you cooked yourself. It is being together for the purpose of that "remembering" that makes the day special.

Later when it becomes more of a habit, you might invite friends, eat more elaborately, add songs and dancing. You may even arrange to be home early to bake challah, the traditional braided loaf of bread.


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A bread that comes in a few different varieties; its most common variation is a braided egg bread, though there are water challahs that don't have eggs, and there are whole-wheat challahs which sometimes also don't have eggs. It is customary to being Sabbath and holiday meals by saying blessings and eating challah. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday.

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