We are taught in the bible to observe and glorify the Sabbath (Shabbat). The Talmud shares discussions on the many ways for one to glorify the special day of rest, including the incorporation of a practice by which one should do with less during the week in order to ensure that the Sabbath table is full. No matter which day of the week one observes his Sabbath, I want to offer 5 ways that will help you to enhance this holy day and glorify it.
Candle Holders – The lighting of candles on the Sabbath is intended to illuminate a home on this special day and to spread a feeling of warmth and peaceful contentment for all who join together to celebrate it. Traditional practice calls on all adult and teen women to observe the practice of lighting Sabbath candles every week.
Wine Cups (Kiddush) – A blessing on wine enhances the spirit of the Sabbath. Wine is an essential part of the Sabbath ceremony which joins family or friends together as they hold their wine cups high as an acknowledgement of the unity that is being experienced around the table.
Table Decorations – The decoration of the festive Sabbath table helps to beautify the table as well as to contribute to the warm feeling that reflects the spirit of the day. We come to take pride in our personal celebration when we are surrounded by beautiful and meaningful adornments.
Prayer Wall Hangings – A special wall hanging expressing hope and well being through a printed blessing can help set the special mood that one hopes to achieve during the Sabbath celebration. It is everybody’s wish on the Sabbath that blessings be extended to those you cherish and love.
Prayer Shawls (Tallit) – Setting the spiritual mood for Sabbath prayers can be accomplished by the selection of a special prayer shawl with which to wrap oneself. Prayer shawls are made of different materials to enable adaptation to changing climates and may be ordered in a wide range of colors depending on individual tastes.