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Why Observe Shabbat?

Posted on September 24th, 2018


Modern Jewish thinkers explore new dimensions of what Shabbat observance can mean.

For the deed to be effective, it must not remain that of an individual but must become that of a community. Even the purely religious aspects of the Jewish deed are most intimately interwoven with the general matrix of community existence.

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Shabbat and Environmental Awareness

Posted on September 17th, 2018

Rejuvenating ourselves and our planet.

In modern society, we are running, speaking, and thinking at an exceptional rate, and oftentimes we continue all week long without slowing down. Constantly doing, always mobile accessible, habitually multi-tasking.

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What is Shabbat Shuvah?

Posted on September 10th, 2018
The Coffee Shop Rabbi

You may have noticed the words “Shabbat Shuvah” written on the calendar on Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. It means “Shabbat of Returning” or “Shabbat of Repentance” because it falls in the midst of the days in the Jewish calendar dedicated to teshuvah.

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Blessing the Children on Shabbat

Posted on September 3rd, 2018
by Ariela Pelaia for

Every week as the sun sets on Friday evening the Jewish holiday of Shabbat begins. This day of rest lasts until havdalah is said as the sun sets on Saturday and is dedicated to family, community and spiritual renewal.

Special Blessings
Traditionally Shabbat includes special blessings that are said over the children on Friday night. How these blessings are said varies from home to home. Customarily it is the father who blesses the children by laying his hands on their heads and reciting the blessings below.

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Mila Kunis Shares How Her Family Does Shabbat

Posted on August 27th, 2018

Attention busy parents, everywhere: There’s a new Shabbat guru in town, and her name is Mila Kunis.

The actress, who is married to Ashton Kutcher and is mom to Wyatt, 4, and Dimitri, 2, recently dished to actor/podcast host Dax Shepard about how her family always makes time to do Shabbat on Friday nights.

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