What Is Challah?
By Claudia Roden for MyJewishLearning
All about the braided Sabbath bread.
The braided challah , which is made with eggs, is the Jewish Sabbath‑and‑holiday bread. It is surrounded by folklore and tradition and loaded with symbolism.
By Ellen Zimmerman, Jewish Holidays in a Box
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What Is the Kiddush?
Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.
Kiddush , which means holiness, is the prayer over wine (or grape juice) that sanctifies Shabbat.
On Friday night, the Kiddush is recited over a full cup of wine or grape juice before sitting down for Shabbat dinner and before saying the Motzi, the blessing over the challah.
Shabbat Discussion Questions
From Breaking Matzo
Why is the first thing in the Bible which is called “Holy”, Shabbat?
- Nothing created in the first six days of creation is called Holy. Even human beings. Of all God’s Creations, only Shabbat is called holy.
- How have you experienced the holiness in the Sabbath?
Hadlakat Nerot: The Spark of Transition
By Aliza Kline and Rabbi Jessica Minnen for MyJewishLearning
A little fire and a little magic makes the lighting of Shabbat candles a moment to slow down and see things differently.
You have to love that our most ancient ritual, Shabbat, starts with a most contemporary aesthetic: dining by candlelight. In Jewish tradition, lighting candles at sunset on Friday is the last act of the workweek, the literal spark that carries us into Shabbat.