The Awesomeness that is Shabbat

I love Shabbat. I look forward to it every week. I love the family time, the lack of external interruptions. The food – as many of you know I cook the whole day Friday for Shabbat. I bake my own challahs, I make cholent and potato kugel, of course I make gefilte fish and chicken soup. I push the boat out on salads and desserts – the food over Shabbat is just so extra special.

OK – Shabbat isn’t just about the food. It’s about taking a break from the mundane, and recharging one’s soul. NJOP / Jewish Treats has brought out this stunning eBook that explains Shabbat in a great way – I am honoured to have been a contributor to this eBook, and I join such stellar co-contributors: Jamie Geller, Susie Fishbein, Chaviva Galatz, Vicky Boykis, Jack – to name a few. It is worth downloading and printing. To download click here.

If you want to enjoy the pure goodness that is Shabbat, this coming weekend is NJOP’s Shabbat Across America. (I am so thrilled that my shul is participating this year!)

From the NJOP’s website:

On Friday night, March 4, 2011 hundreds of synagogues* across the continent will take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat! Everyone is invited… singles, couples, families — all ages.

“Turn an ordinary Friday night into something extraordinary!”

That’s the magic of Shabbat Across America and Shabbat Across Canada. By participating in this continent wide event, you will not only have the opportunity to experience Shabbat, but you will be sharing your experience with tens of thousands of Jews across North America.

No matter what your affiliation or which Shabbat Across America or Shabbat Across Canada location you choose to attend, NJOP’s annual Shabbat program will give you a “taste” of Shabbat. Explanatory services, traditional rituals, delicious meals and lively discussions are all important components of the Shabbat experience, as well as the opportunity to spend the evening with like-minded people, friends and family.

Shabbat Across America and Shabbat Across Canada is for every Jew, and those who are unable to go to a registered location can participate in their own homes or in gatherings with friends/family.

*Find a participating Shabbat Across America and Canada location in your community by clicking here.

If you are a rabbi or synagogue lay leader and want to learn how to sign up your congregation for Shabbat Across America, click here.

What are you waiting for? Sign up and get your Shabbat on!!

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