Learning how to keep Shabbat can take a couple of minutes – or a lifetime.

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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.

Walk

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.

Play

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.

(Dis)connect

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.

And, of course… eat

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.

Step-by-step guide

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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.

Some guides to help you along the way

We have created some simple guides to explain the 25 hours of Shabbat, from A-Z.
These will help you to arrive at Shabbat ready to Stop Doing. Start Being.

The 3 Shabbat meals in a nutshell
Grace after meals made easy
Making saying goodbye to Shabbat simple

Can't touch this

Muktzeh is a Hebrew word that means separated or set aside. It’s a set of rules that our sages introduced to bring us added awareness to what we can and can’t do on Shabbat. The heart of muktzeh is defining all objects in terms of Shabbat usage. Something that is muktzeh – not meant for Shabbat use – should not be handled on Shabbat. These laws bring us to a sublime state of mindfulness. By stopping and thinking before we touch or move something, we shift our consciousness – focusing on ourselves and the sanctity of the day we are moving through.

The laws of muktzeh enable us to achieve that Shabbat state of mind.

Ready for more?

We’re building more and more resources to enrich your Shabbat experience. In the meantime, drop us a line, and we’ll do our best to hook you up with a Shabbat coach.