A PERFECT SHABBAT Our Shabbat–Sunday for Jews–starts at sunset Friday night and ends when the first stars appear Saturday. We set the day apart from all others by lighting candles to mark both it’s beginning and its end. We eat the best meals of the week, turn away from the secular world–no television, no shopping, no answering the phone, no driving a car, no working as we work during the week. Friday night is best when there is company for dinner. In addition to lighting the candles, we bless our children and all the children of the world, say a blessing over wine or grape juice, wash our hands ritually, say another blessing over the Challah, and eat hearty. Saturday is best when shul is in walking distance and can be followed by lunching at a friend’s house. Then home to nap and read until the evening service of prayers or at home lighting the Havdalah candle that ends our Shabbat. Perfect is when all family and some loving friends come together to enjoy and feel part of a 5000 year tradition.
Topic #26–What’s your idea for a perfect Sunday? How would it differ from a typical Sunday? If it’s Sunday where you are, what kind of day is it so far?