shabbat

Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest which takes place on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. On this day, Jews remember the Genesis' 6-day creation of the heavens and the earth. Observers of Shabbat refrain from work activities and do not use electricity. Shabbat begins before sunset on Friday evening and ends when three-stars can be found in the sky on Saturday night. A Friday night meal is traditionally eaten with the ushering in of Shabbat, during which a kiddush and a blessing over challah are recited. The havdalah blessing on Saturday night concludes the Shabbat, marking the the separation between the sacred day and the workweek.

Western Wall organizes new cordoned-off prayer areas for Shabbat

Bar mitzvah celebrations will also be allowed to return to the Western Wall

08/05/2020
Shabbat candles
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US

See Shabbat times for your area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/05/2020
Shabbat candles
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US

See Shabbat times for your area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/04/2020
Shabbat candles
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US

See Shabbat times for your area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/04/2020
Could coronavirus generate increased dynamism in Jewish law post-outbreak?

There is no doubt that these unique times have generated some unique rulings because of the exceptional time we are living through.

Shabbat candles
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US

See Shabbat times for your area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/04/2020
Lauren Hoffmann covers her and her son Asa’s eyes during their Shabbat dinner in San Antonio, Texas
Unprecedented call from world's chief rabbis to unite against coronavirus

In a letter, the rabbis call on Jews to, "to adhere – with total commitment – to the health and safety protocols as set out by their country," and to keep the 'Great-Shabbat' leading up to Passover.

By CELIA JEAN
04/04/2020
Beatie Deutsch
Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat

The marathon is usually scheduled for a Sunday, but was changed for this summer to a Saturday when a venue outside of Tokyo was chosen for the race.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/04/2020
Parashat Tzav and independent spiritual work

The main lesson humanity is learning now is that we shouldn’t count on the system to work for the individual. People understand that whoever doesn’t take care of himself, others cannot do it for him.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
03/04/2020
We need Shabbat now more than ever in the days of the coronavirus

Even alone in my apartment, I am overwhelmed by space. What I am craving is: time.

By CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN/JTA
02/04/2020
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