Contemporary Shabbat Practice

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.” –Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath, 1951
 

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“as a world / as a house, a tree / exploding with birds”
black woman with frizzy blonde hair and wing-like black cape with arms spread in field of sunflowers eyes closed
An easy-to-follow Shabbat guide that is informative and inclusive
Radical Shabbat Guide
“Evening and morning, ritual and rite, / making order out of chaos”
Sanctity in Time

“Every garment I inherited from you / is something to wrap in”

Wrapping, Embracing

Bringing mindfulness to the act of welcoming guests through a chant and series of ritual intentions

Eight Ritual Steps of Hakhnasat Orkhim (Welcoming Guests)

Uplifting song for Shabbat with video

Kein Yehi (May It Be): A Song for Shabbat

“God re-nefeshes Godself”

The Pause that Re-nefeshes*

“I pray, but I didn’t used to call it praying”

Each One of Our Ancestors

“Before creation, music played”

Ruakh Elohim: A Song of Creation

“In the flickering light, You beckon me.”

 
Your Weekly Beckoning: A Shabbat Prayer

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