Enjoy a Shabbat evening at home with family and friends. Below are some links to help you enjoy your celebration: from blessings to challah recipes to discussion topics for around your table. Send out your invite list and enjoy the gift of Shabbat you have earned all week. –Shabbat Shalom!
Never baked challah before, don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. Still worried, feel free to even buy some pre-made dough, braid it and bake it – we won’t tell.
Feel adventurous, try some of these challah recipes. Rabbi Cohen bakes her challah every Thursday, and while most recipes make two loaves, it’s usually gone before the next Shabbat.
This is Rabbi Cohen’s favorite recipe. Even though it also includes the apple mixture for Rosh Hashanah, she uses just the dough for her weekly challah.
Gluten Free Challah
You name it, we’ve got the challah recipe!
(And if you have a favorite recipe, send it to Rabbi Cohen and we’ll post it here!)
Cholent – aka, Jewish stew
Rabbi Cohen just tried this recipe last week. The tweak, she put it in the crockpot and let it cook all day! Just make sure to watch the water level and add water as needed. Add or change anything. You really can’t go wrong! The house smelled amazing when she got home for dinner!
Table Talk Discussions
During your Shabbat dinner we encourage you to spend some time discussing current events, Torah, or even ethical dilemmas. A suggestion is to ask guests to bring an ethical dilemma to share and have everyone go around and share their opinions. Remember, it’s Shabbat, so keep it civil. If the discussion starts to get to contentious, feel free to move on to another topic or dessert.
You can do a little Torah study by reading the summary of the parshat hashavuah, the portion of the week and discussing the various commentaries.
Light the candles, sing the kiddush and taste the challah. Listen to each of the blessings and follow along
The candles are lit before the blessing is recited.
Baruch atah, Adonai,Eloheinu, melech haolam,asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
Blessing over the wine for Shabbat.
Baruch atah, Adonai
Eloheinu, Melech Haolam,
borei p’ri hagafen.
Baruch atah, Adonai
Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’ratzah vanu,
b’ahavah uv’ratzon hinchilanu,
zikaron l’maaseih v’reishit.
Ki hu yom t’chilah l’mikra-ei kodesh,
zecher litziat Mitzrayim.
Ki vanu vacharta, v’otanu kidashta,
b’ahavah uv’ratzon hinchaltanu.
Baruch atah, Adonai, m’kadeish HaShabbat.
Creator of the fruit of the vine.Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe
who finding favor with us, sanctified us with mitzvot.
In love and favor, You made the holy Shabat our heritage
as a reminder of the work of Creation.
As first among our sacred days, it recalls the Exodus from Egypt.
You chose us and set us apart from the peoples.
In love and favor You have given us Your holy Shabbat as an inheritance.
Say this blessing before eating bread (challah) at the beginning of a meal on Shabbat:
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.
Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe,
Who brings forth bread from the earth
– See more at: http://www.reformjudaism.org/shabbat-blessings
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