Angels at the Table A Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-30
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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At last! a clear, practical guide to the weekly Jewish holiday of Shabbat, celebrated by Jews around the world. Most Jewish readers are familiar with the concept of Shabbat and many already celebrate some aspects of the holiday. Shabbat offers a particularly appealing entree into traditional Jewish practice and Angels at the Table interweaves liturgical text, practical advice, information, anecdote and history to provide a perfect entree for anyone who has ever wanted to tap into the Shabbat experience. In clear, straightforward language, it explains the myriad rituals, customs, prayers and rules of a traditional Jewish Shabbat and includes common songs, prayers, recipes and personal stories.Whatever your level of knowledge or religious observance, Angels at the Table will answer your questions and become your most trusted resource in observing Shabbat in your own life and understanding how it has sustained the Jewish people through the ages.

Table of Contents

Greeting the angels: an overview of Shabbatp. 1
A different sense of timep. 2
All or nothing?p. 4
Shabbat: the focus of the weekp. 8
Preparing for Shabbatp. 12
Making Shabbat your cornerstonep. 14
Rules and laws of Shabbatp. 18
The 39 prohibited activities on Shabbatp. 22
Changing to a Shabbat-observant lifestylep. 28
Shabbat eveningp. 33
Friday afternoonp. 34
˘Candle lighting÷p. 35
Kabbalat Shabbatp. 43
The Shabbat evening servicep. 45
Drawing close to God: blessings at the Shabbat dinner tablep. 48
Setting the tablep. 50
˘Shalom Aleichem÷p. 51
Blessing the childrenp. 52
˘A Woman of Valor÷p. 56
Kiddushp. 59
Hamotzip. 61
An evening of holiness: Shabbat dinner and afterp. 71
Menusp. 73
Conversationp. 74
Jewish namesp. 75
A ˘bad tongue÷: ˘lashon ha'ra÷p. 77
˘Divrei Torah÷: words of Torahp. 82
˘Zemirot÷p. 85
Blessings alter the mealp. 86
After dinnerp. 86
Receiving Shabbat with joyp. 87
˘Oneg Shabbat÷p. 89
Before bedp. 90
Shabbat early morningp. 93
A grateful frame of mindp. 99
Shabbat breakfastp. 101
Dressing for Shahbatp. 102
Finding a community: Shabbat morning servicesp. 188
What kind of synagogue should you look for?p. 188
Finding a shulp. 122
Shabbat morning servicesp. 124
Mussaf: the additional servicep. 133
Following services: Kiddushp. 135
The beauty that is Shabbat lunchp. 139
Shabbat lunchp. 141
The Shabbat lunch tablep. 144
Shabbat lunch blessingsp. 144
Kiddushp. 146
Washing handsp. 147
Blessing the challahp. 148
The Shabbat mealp. 150
˘Hachnosas Orchim÷: welcoming guestsp. 152
Should we invite only Jewish friends to share in our Shabbats?p. 162
Striving to live on a higher levelp. 165
˘Zemirot÷p. 168
˘Birkat HaMazon÷p. 170
The holiness of Shabbat afternoonp. 171
Singlesp. 174
Couplesp. 176
Families with childrenp. 179
Learning Torahp. 183
Other Shabbat activitiesp. 187
Saturday eveningp. 190
Shalosh Seudos, the third mealp. 190
Shalosh Seudos ˘entertainments÷p. 195
Blessings over foodp. 196
Prayer following a mealp. 197
Mincha: the afternoon servicep. 199
Havdalah: marking the end of Shabbatp. 200
Melava Malkap. 210
Torah questions for your Shabbat tablep. 214
Songs for Shabbatp. 258
Short Jewish favoritesp. 258
English songsp. 267
Traditional prayersp. 268
Traditional Shabbat songsp. 272
Zemirot for Shalosh Seudos (the third meal on Saturday evening)p. 276
Activities on Shabbatp. 279
Fostering meaningful conversationsp. 281
Shabbat gamesp. 288
Easy, traditional Shabbat recipesp. 302
˘Birkat HaMazon÷: the blessings after a mealp. 345
Introductory blessingsp. 345
Invitationp. 346
First Blessing: For the Nourishmentp. 346
Second Blessing: For The Landp. 347
Third Blessing: For Jerusalemp. 348
Fourth Blessing: For God's Goodnessp. 349
Appendixp. 352
Indexp. 361
Acknowledgemetsp. 365
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