Shabbat Dinner Blessings – Lyrics

Posted on December 3rd, 2017
From bimbam

Get familiar with Jewish blessings and Friday night traditions with our singalong lyrics video created through a partnership with Moishe House and Taglit-Israel Birthright.

If you want to host Shabbat dinner at your home and you are not super familiar with the tunes or blessings, this sing-along Shabbat guide should get you up to speed in no time.

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New to Jewish Prayer? Nine Tips for Beginners

Posted on November 26th, 2017
by Rabbi Ruth Adar for

So, you’ve been to Shabbat services once or twice, and found them mystifying. Or perhaps you have been invited to a bar mitzvah service and you have no idea what to do.

Some questions that may have crossed your mind: What are people getting out of this? Does everyone here understand the Hebrew? What’s with all the bowing and stuff? What if I do something wrong? Here are  some ways to get something out of the experience as a beginner. There is no wrong way to be in a service as long as you are respectful. So turn off your cell phone and experiment with these. Some work for one person, some for another. Your experience will be unique to you.

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Why Is Challah so Beloved by the Jewish People?

Posted on November 19th, 2017

I had never seen a challah until I first came to America in 1961, but once I discovered it I began to like it very much.

Why am I writing about challah? Recently, I was contacted by the leadership of the town of Soncino, Italy, requesting information about the use of bread among Jews for a special “bread festival” in their region. This prompted me to think a bit more about the role challah played in Jewish life.

Challah is the quintessential Jewish bread that is eaten on Shabbat and festivals. As a yeast-risen bread, it comes in different shapes and textures, mostly with eggs but others with water, and each baker claiming to have the best recipe. On Shabbat it is braided; on Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, it is round, with all kinds of fancy religious, even mystical, meanings ascribed to it, such as all life is intertwined; roundness stands for completeness and perfection.

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57 Shabbat Dinner Recipes You’re Going to Love

Posted on November 12th, 2017
By Shannon Sarna for The Nosher for

Friday night dinner: it’s truly something sacred. And delicious. Roast chicken and veggies, soup, salad, kugel , fresh baked challah and something sweet to finish.

We all love Shabbat dinner, but sometimes we need to change up our weekly routine to include something a little special: a new stew, a spicy soup or some truly decadent cookies.

So here is our ultimate Shabbat recipe round-up with over 50 mouth-watering recipes that are perfect for Friday night dinner. Get ready to menu plan, friends.

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Zemirot, or Shabbat Table Songs

Posted on November 5th, 2017


Learn the most popular songs associated with the day of rest.

Table hymns sung during or immediately after Sabbath meals are called zemirot . These medieval songs represent a unique blend of the holy and the secular, the serious and the playful, and allow family and friends to enhance the Sabbath experience.

Below is information about some of the most popular Shabbat songs, followed by videos of them with the words in transliteration, so you can practice singing them.  Find a searchable database of Shabbat song recordings and lyrics here.

Watch & enjoy.