Song and melodic festivity are synonymous with the Shabbat atmosphere that envelops our meals and tables on the holy day of rest. A question arises, was it always so? We have no record of what the Shabbat table of our ancestors in First and Second Temple times looked and sounded like. However, beginning with the time of the sealing of the Talmud and the rise of the Geonim in sixth and seventh century Babylonia special compositions, devotions and poems began to appear. These works were meant to be recited, studied and incorporated into the menu, so to speak, of the Shabbat meal.