The Sacred Calendar 11/13/2013
Shabbat: biblical holiday, reflected through all of the history
No tabernacle, no Temple
Shabbat home ritual: takes what happened in the Temple at the hands of the high priest and
brings it into the home
Blessings over bread: sacrifices, show bread from the Temple
Origins from Hebrew Bible, enacted in the Temples. Traditions in rabbinic tradition which
With creation: god rested on the seventh day and made it holy.
Heschel reading: Sabbath institutes sacred time
Also mentioned in 10 commandments. Recognize that it’s a gift from god
Metaphor of the bride, the groom is god.
Greeting the Sabbath queen
Shekinah: feminine aspect of god (Kabbalah—mystic)
Indwelling presence of god in the world: connected with the Sabbath
Present, not transcendent (gendered metaphors).
Sabbath doesn’t have a mate, can’t be postponed
Community of Israel is your partner, remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy
Lighting candles to signify, welcome Shabbat
“18 minutes” before sunset—
From the profane to the holy
Lighting candles, have I started Shabbat or not? Number of candles: one extra candle for the children
Or one candle for one person
By the letter of the law, you only need one candle
Women do blessings differently: normally a woman’s obligation to say prayer
Not so observant Jews would only really wash for Shabbat (differences in denominations)
And then wash your hands for the sacred meal
Separation of challah: small part of the dough, when enough challah is made is to be burnt as
part of a memory of how the sacrifice would have been done at the Temple
Two of them: there’s supposed to be abundance
Save best food for Shabbat
Braided to make it beautiful, along with many other ways to beautify the Sabbath.
Eruv wire: creating boundar