There's a children's song in Hebrew, we believe the whole world should know, or at least the whole Jewish world - it addresses the important topic of "Who loves the Shabbat". After reviewing a number of family members like Imma and Abba, and announcing that they are amongst those who love the Shabbat, the wise song eventually draws to the inevitable conclusion that Everyone loves the Shabbat! We couldn't agree more, and would like to take a few paragraphs to share with you why we believe this is true.
As people who love comparisons and always making sure we're properly located in between our community members, neighbors and family, let's look at our non-jews friends. Asking our brothers from non jew mothers, what about our faiths they know, almost everyone would mention the Shabbat.
That one day of the week where we're very strange about the use of electricity and we go to our churches and eat with our families.
How is it that Shabbat is such common knowledge? Well, first, because it's very dear to us, and we talk about things that are dear to us.
But second, because as with many other of our mitzvahs, the shabbat is our version of a widespread custom. Looking at other faiths, we see several of them have a day that's dedicated to worship and religious practice. Having practices in common with other faiths is a true work of art by our creator, Hashem, as it helps us better understand each other. It creates empathy, as we're able to relate to other faiths and remember that we all share this blue ball.
And now, that we've established the fact that our love of our Shabbat is well founded and understood among others, let's look for the reasons behind our deep connection to this special day.
Remember that time when Hashem created the world? Yah, that monumental event when the first day was spent on diving the sky and the sea. So those significant six days of divine labor, ended with a day of rest, which gave us the eternal green light to take a day off, once every six days of work. The story of creation is one of the first we tell our children. They learn that just like our mighty creator did, we take the Shabbat to rest. To unwind and unplug, looking back at the last six days of chores and tasks, and mentally processing those in preparation for the next six to come.
Looking at life as such a perpetual cycle of work and rest simply takes away the fun! So why don't we remind ourselves that during Shabbat we spend precious hours with loved ones, creating memories to last a lifetime. Shabbat is the time to thank Hashem, ourselves and our loved ones, for all the good in our life, and to set goals for further improvement in the week to come. This perpetual cycle is indeed full of joys and wonders.
To make shabbat all the more magical, we have beloved traditions and ceremonies all strewn into it. What's your favorite thing about shabbat?
Some love the meals, some love the time dedicated to reading the torah, others are deeply infatuated with shabbat's unique naps, and the list goes on, because shabbat is a day dedicated to doing good for ourselves.
Looking at how families around the world have their shabbat meals, we'll find many similarities, which can help us understand the special bond which connects the jewish people and our shared love for Shabbat.
As we all know, practicing jews start their shabbat by lighting the candles.
Growing up in a jewish family, means you see plenty of candles as that gently flickering light holds many meanings to us. To further respect the candle, it's placed in a candle holder, and we would now like to share a few favorite candle holders, from this lovely category:
A candle holder is a wonderful gift to get a bat mitzvah, a bride, or anyone who'd like to join this quiet and significant mitzvah. The Botanical Lea Candle Holder is a wonderful option, setting an atmosphere of still nature, perfect for welcoming the Shabbat. Another beautifully unique item is the Ribbon Candle Holder, created especially to increase breast cancer awareness and it can make a heartwarming present.
The candle holder category is filled with mesmerizing options, so we invite you to keep exploring it, while we move on to the next Shabbat tradition on our agenda - the Shabbat meal.
Set around the decorated table, you can't mistake a Shabbat table for anything else. Imagine going to sleep for 3 days, waking up not knowing which day it is, and seeing the table all laid out for shabbat. You'd just go "Oh! Now I know what day it is!". And what is it that makes the shabbat table so recognizable? Well, it's various items like the Challah plates, challah covers and challah knives. It's also the kiddush cup, in its rightful place, waiting for the time to shine.
Any plate can hold the challah while you carve it for your family, but the Boi Challah plate is an eye stopper and a conversation starter. This challah plate is the perfect gift for yourself or anyone who would appreciate the fine print and immaculate details.
Moving on to Kiddush cups, how can we decide on a favorite? Have you seen the wide variety in this category? Well, we strongly suggest that you do, since it's absolutely gorgeous. Looking for a unique take on the classic kiddush cup? Have a look at this Borei Cup, with its beautiful cut out carvings. For those of you looking for a more modern design, this Hammered Multicolor Rings kiddush cup could make a perfect choice.
As the meal continues and the shabbat goes on, our traditions and ceremonies are many and memorable. We only had the time to review a part of the shabbat and the unique items to complete the experience.
All the wonderful options we've shared with you here are organized under the Shabbat category. Browse through it to find countless other items to make your shabbat even more splendid. Shabbat shalom!