Learn about Shabbat

“More than the Jews kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat kept the Jews.”
– - Achad Ha'am

An overview of Shabbat

Shabbat or sometimes written Shabbat has united the Jewish people for thousands of years. Its rhythm unites Jewish life  across the world and through the ages. No matter where we live, when we celebrate Shabbat - we all light candles, recite Kiddush, read the parsha for the week and we meet around the table with our families to honor and celebrate Shabbat ... together.


In six days, G-d created the world. On the seventh day, He rested. And just like Him, we too dedicate a day to stop trying to control the world around us and just be there. It is Shabbat, without which the world cannot be.

Shabbat is a non-communicating day of rest that begins Friday at sunset and ends 25 hours later on Saturday evening, with the appearance of three stars.

In today’s society, where so many distractions seem to be pulling us apart, Shabbat provides a “glue” for holding us together. The lack of technology the day prescribes, coupled with a structure of family meals, gatherings and prayers, establishes the perfect environment for disconnecting from life’s many harried distractions and reconnecting with ourselves, our family and the people who are most important to us.

Shabbat is an ancient idea that is also a radical one. We appreciate its relevance in the world now, more than ever before. Shabbat comes as a solution to the strains of the world – it is an ancient solution to a modern problem.

What is Shabbat?

“Remember it and keep it were said in one word
זָכוֹר וְשָׁמוֹר בְּדִבּוּר אֶחָד נֶאֶמְרוּ”
– Talmud

G-d spoke 'remember' and 'keep' in a single declaration to teach us that the ideas are inseparable. Knowing the spiritual message of Shabbat is inseparable from keeping its laws. “Shabbat is a unique formula that comes across as restrictive, but really, the restrictions create the space.”

Shabbat basics

Shabbat comprises many intricate laws and nuances. Our goal through this article is to give you a taste of Shabbat’s laws at
their essence and to see how you can bring them into your
home.

Shabbat in-depth

Join us on a seven-step journey through everything you need to know about Shabbat. From preparation to bringing Shabbat in through to havdalah. We'll explain the rhythm of the day from sundown to stars out.