This poem came to me while I was “attending” a livestreamed Lit. Receiving Shabbat The Friday-night service instituted by the mystics in S'fat in the 16th century. It includes selections from Psalms and the song Lecha Dodi. service from Temple Emanu-El (Reform) in San Diego, CA—thinking about both the loneliness and the freedom of our current reality of virtual worship. Rabbi Devorah is Rabbi Devorah Marcus.
Livestreaming Kabbalat Shabbat is the Sabbath day, the Day of Rest, and is observed from Friday night through Saturday night. Is set aside from the rest of the week both in honor of the fact that God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. On Shabbat, many Jews observe prohibitions from various activities designated as work. Shabbat is traditionally observed with festive meals, wine, challah, prayers, the reading and studying of Torah, conjugal relations, family time, and time with friends.