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Shabbat Friday – A Weekly Appointment with Gratitude

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The Shabbat table is filled with the symbols of Jewish history, but they are just as relevant today. The candlesticks, the challah, the wine all represent contemporary goals: a regularly scheduled moment to pause, express gratitude for the food we eat, to bless our children and one another. Whatever your religion, the core truths are universal: gratitude for all that we have, compassion for those who have less, family togetherness, peace in the home, love and hope for the future.

There are a number of rituals that are relevant for your family dinner regardless of your religion:

1. Blessing over the candles, wine and challah. If you don’t celebrate Shabbat, just putting some candles on your table will make it that much more special.  (And a little wine is always nice too!)

2. Gratitudes — Go around the table and everyone shares something that they are grateful for.

3. Highs and low — Go around the table, everyone shares their high and/or low from the week.

4. Tzedaka (charity) — A special box is used to collect everyone’s loose change for those in need. When the box if full, the family decides on a worthy cause to contribute it to.


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  1. sarahjohnw says:

    This was a really nice post.  We do Shabbat on most Fridays, my kids love to sing songs after the prayers.  I like the idea about the highs and lows of the week, we will try that this week.  Thanks.

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