Be warned! All this relaxing and time out might make you drowsy. A Shabbat afternoon nap is not mandatory, but highly recommended. Catch up on reading, play a game, take a walk in the park.
Those with little kids sometimes play tag (the adults, not the kids!) – taking turns to have a Shabbat nap – or they try to get their kids to take an afternoon nap with them. Teenagers celebrate the day by playing ball or board games. They meet each other on the road to venture off to the park, or hop from house to house for the afternoon. Tweens often participate in youth movements, or have their parents take them to hang out with friends. And the grown-ups abandon their Kindles and pick up a hard copy magazine or book.
What games can kids play on Shabbat?
We’ve made a list of our favourite household games which don’t include writing. Try them, or add your own:
- Cards (Speed, Rummy, Solitaire, Casino, President, Donkey, Rat-a-Tat-Cat... or whatever it’s called where you come from)
- Fun basketball or soccer line-up games
- Board games (Backgammon, 30 Seconds)
- Lego or magna tiles
- Jump rope
The Third Meal
We start to eat the third meal, or Seudat Shlishit, in the late afternoon, after mincha, the Shabbat afternoon prayer service, and before sunset. As Shabbat slowly slips away, the mood has a degree of sombreness to it. But at the same time, it is also uplifting. The mystics refer to these moments as the holiest of Shabbat.
This is the most significant of the three meals in the sense that it honors Shabbat by adding something extra to our day. We don’t eat because we are hungry – we eat to honor Shabbat itself. There is no Kiddush for this meal, but we do wash and eat bread, sing some beautiful Seudat Shlishit songs and say Birkat Hamazon when it is over.
Take the time to reflect on your unique Shabbat experience.