“decorating the table for that special family meal contributes greatly to the total spirit and celebration of the Sabbath.”
Any table, no matter its size or shape, exhibits a family’s sense of joy and pride when it is decorated for the Sabbath meal. The Talmud shares many discussions and examples reflecting the importance the Rabbis placed on the decoration of the Sabbath table. It was suggested that Jews do their utmost to make the Sabbath experience as joyous and inspirational as possible.
Throughout the generations the tradition of Sabbath beauty has been handed down from parent to child, suggesting that it was preferred to do with less during the week in order to do with more on the Sabbath. Not only was importance placed on the food aspect but also on the appearance of the Sabbath table as a major contributor to the atmosphere and joy of the Shabbat experience.
The Sabbath table takes on its special appearance from the moment the special tablecloth is spread over the table. Dishes, tableware, glasses and napkins all contribute to the beauty of the upcoming Sabbath meal. However, the special Sabbath decorations like the candlesticks, wine cup, Challah bread cutting board and the decorated Challah cover, as well as the special salt and pepper shakers, complete the table’s picture perfect image.
Israeli designers of Sabbath table accessories have been greatly influenced by the Sabbath experience no matter what their religious background. Combining traditional designs with modern colors and materials their creations for decorative Shabbat accessories are sought after all over the world. After all, the Sabbath experience is celebrated in every religion, differentiated by different days and customs. The rewarding experience of decorating the table for that special family meal contributes greatly to the total spirit and celebration of the Sabbath.