What is Shabbat?

Shabbat takes place every week from Friday before sunset to Saturday after sunset. It is the only holiday mentioned in the Ten Commandments, it is the 4th commandment, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.” Shabbat is primarily a day of rest whose origins can be found in the story of creation when G-d creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh. So too, we are asked to refrain from creating and use this day for rest and spiritual enrichment.




  • Lighting two candles and letting them burn out
  • Having 3 festive meals (Friday night, Saturday lunch and Saturday afternoon). At each meal, a blessing over a glass of wine and a blessing over 2 loaves of special bread called challah is recited prior to partaking in the meal.
  • People often use Shabbat as quiet and/or family time