Learning how to keep Shabbat can take a couple of minutes – or a lifetime.
Shabbat begins with sundown on Friday and ends at stars out on Saturday. (Find your exact city times on myzmanim.com.) Just before the sun disappears into the horizon on Friday afternoon, light your two Shabbat candles near to or on your Shabbat table. We’ve distilled the essence of Shabbat into four simple steps.
Ditch the car keys, give Uber a rest, skip the subway and take a stroll to nowhere in particular. Explore your city, wave to your neighbours, take a rest from the daily rush. It’s incredible how different things look on foot.
At its core, Shabbat is a day of rest – a day of cessation of work. To play is to be free. For one day, forget about work and be yourself again. With no deadlines and no bottom line, you’ll be amazed at where the day takes you.
It’s time for a digital detox. Switch off all your devices and screens for 25 hours and refrain from switching any lights on or off once Shabbat has entered. Like your friends to their face, play offline games and have some one-on-one real-time conversations.
What would a Jewish experience be without food? The three meals of Shabbat are an integral part of the full Shabbat experience. They allow us to savour the magic of the day and maximise the precious undiluted time together. You can download helpful guides to the three meals here.
If 25 hours of bliss is your destination – let this be your guide.
From a couple of days before till those three twinkling stars appear, this guide is here to hold your hand and whisper in your ear.