Shabbat is a day of rest in the Jewish tradition. This is also one of the most beloved and recognizable rituals in Judaism that has been preserved for over 4000 years.
Shabbat is celebrated each week – it starts a few minutes before sunset on Friday and runs until an hour after sunset on Saturday, so it lasts about 25 hours. It is a day for relaxation and time off from everyday things. During this time we refrain from any interference in the world around us and let it rest with us.
During Shabbat we spend time on our spiritual development and we mark the Creation of the World, the fact that every thing in it has its role, and how we as humans treat it.
Shabbat is a time of joy, songs and fun, accompanied by abundant food.
We spend Shabbat both at home with our family and in the synagogue. Here we can see the public fraction of the holiday. Together we welcome Shabbat with a ceremony called Kabbalat Shabbat every Friday, and we mark the end with another special ceremony, Havdalah. Each morning during Shabbat, we come together to read and learn a certain part of the most important book for us, the Torah.
If you want to participate in the celebration of Shabbat, check our website to get information on the hours of the various ceremonies.