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Shabbat Dinner - Video

January 27, 2012

Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the most important Jewish holiday and it comes every week. There are rituals and prayers associated with the beginning of Shabbat, specifically before the meal served on Friday nights.

The Cole Family share's the Friday night pre-meal rituals: giving tzedakah (righteous or charitable giving), lighting the Shabbat candles, blessing and sipping grape juice, and blessing and eating challah bread.

This video is a nice supplement to our booklet: Shabbat Made Easy.


Hebrew for "righteousness," it usually means "charity" or "righteous giving." In Judaism, it refers to the religious obligation to do what is right and just, including giving to those in need. 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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