Learn to Light Shabbat Candles with BimBam

Posted on March 26th, 2017
From Shaboom!

In this karaoke video, parents and kids learn the blessing for lighting Shabbat candles. Watch this short video from the Shaboom team to practice saying the prayer together. Shabbat shalom to your family!



10 Minute Prep Recipes For Shabbos

Posted on March 19th, 2017
The Joy of Kosher

Standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, we, the Israelites, witness thunder, lightning, smoke and the sound of the shofar and experience the declaration of the 10 Commandments. This week’s Shabbat menu will honor our receiving the 10 commandments with 5 recipes that only require 10 minutes or less to prepare. 

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3 Special Shabbats to Get You in the Mood for Passover

Posted on March 12th, 2017
By Michele Alperin for MyJewishLearning.com    

The Shabbatot (plural of Shabbat) surrounding holidays often are permeated with the holiday themes, creating the mood for an upcoming festival, reflecting or enhancing festival themes, or easing the transition from a holiday back into the weekly flow of Shabbat.

A special Shabbat usually includes a special Torah or haftarah [prophetic] reading that either replaces the standard weekly reading or is read in addition to it, as well as a maftir, or final aliyah, that reflect’s the holiday’s theme and is read from a different Torah scroll.

Here’s what happens on the three Shabbats preceding Passover:

Shabbat Parah (this Saturday):

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Mehitzah: Separate Seating in the Synagogue

Posted on March 5th, 2017
By Dr. Norma B. Joseph for MyJewishLearning.com    
A curtain or other divider separates men and women while they pray in some synagogues.

The mehitzah (pronounced muhKHEEtsuh) is the physical barrier separating the men’s section and women’s section of an Orthodox synagogue.

In Orthodox congregations, men and women are not permitted to sit together during prayer services. The height of the mehitzah varies, and it can be a curtain, screen or even shelving or plants. In some synagogues, instead of being divided by a mehitzah, the women’s section is in the balcony and the men’s section is on the main floor of the sanctuary.

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Yemenite Kubaneh Bread with Grated Tomato Dip

Posted on February 26th, 2017
By Carol Ungar in The Nosher for MyJewishLearning.com

Though the official tally on Shabbat meals is three (Friday night dinner, Shabbat day lunch and the third meal on Saturday at dusk called the third meal, or seudah shlishit) some people like to add a breakfast. The reason for this is largely practical. Though sleeping in on Shabbat has a certain loveliness and in many places synagogue services only begin at nine, to accommodate the sleepers, the most pious Jews rise for prayer at dawn. In Jewish law this is regarded as optimal, as morning worship is timed to coincide with the rising of the sun. When those early birds come back from synagogue they are hungry but not necessarily ready to tuck into cholent at eight o’clock in the morning—hence the emergence of the Shabbat morning kiddush/ breakfast. This meal can be as simple as a glass of wine or shot of whiskey and a cookie or as elaborate as the Yemenite kiddush of kubaneh or the Sephardi desayuno, an elegant dairy brunch featuring a variety of fresh salads, cheeses and pastries.

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