Saturday, May 16, 2009

Erev Shabbat


This little square is about 1-1/4".

Erev Shabbat, or the Eve of the Sabbath, is Friday at sundown. It is the official start of the Sabbath, as the Jewish day is from evening to evening, or sundown to sundown.

Typically, Erev Shabbat is celebrated with the lighting of candles, special prayers, blessings and songs, and a festive meal that includes wine and Sabbath bread called challah. It is the start of the weekly 'rest', so all preparation for the Sabbath day is done Friday (cooking, cleaning, etc.).

The Sabbath is ended on Saturday at sundown with the lighting of the Havdalah candle and special prayers and songs.

Shabbat Shalom!

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