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Shabbat

The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation, from the world of creation to the creation of the world.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Shabbat observance, through prayer and study, is at the heart of Temple Mount Sinai. Follow the links to the right to learn about how we pray on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, and about other aspects of Shabbat observance.

 

Kabbalat Shabbat

"Welcoming the Sabbath" is our service for Friday evening. It begins each week at 6:15 pm, and is preceded by an Oneg Shabbat (literally, "the joy of Shabbat," but idiomatally, "good food and conversation") at 5:45. At a typical Kabbalat Shabbat service, the music is joyful and the teaching is brief. The service concludes at around 7:10 pm.

Longstanding Reform Jewish custom is to treat the the beginning of public worship as an appropriate time for candlelighting -- whether or not that moment falls prior to or subsequent to sunset. At Temple, we kindle lights to open our Kabbalat Shabbat service each week. We recognize, however the beauty and meaning of fulfilling the mitzvah of candlelighting as the sun prepares to set.

 

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Our Shabbat Morning Service is held each week, beginning at 10:30 am and lasting until about 11:45. In those seventy-five minutes, we read from Torah and from the Prophets, and pray the morning service from Mishkan T'filah, the prayerbook of the Reform Movement. As with all services at Temple, music and spirit are our touchstones.

How can a full worship service be held in such a brief period of time? At Temple, we take seriously the Rabbinic principle, "Better a little with feeling (kavvanah) than much without." By "hitting the highlights" of the preliminary prayers, we are able to devote our attention to the main rubrics of the service (the Sh'ma and its Blessings, and the Amidah). Similarly, we read and discuss a brief selection from the weekly portion, our goal being to draw out relevance for our own lives.

The service is preceded by Torah study, beginning at 9:30 am. Here, we have a chance to really dig into some aspect of the weekly portion. Rabbi Bach often prepares studies rooted in Chasidic Torah commentary or in the Aggadic Midrashim. Coffee and bagels are served, and the discussion is always lively and animated.

 

Havdalah

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Shabbat Recources

• Blogging about Shabbat
Share your thoughts and ideas about celebrating and sanctifying Shabbat. Stop by and leave us a comment!

• Recommended Reading and Music for Shabbat

Enjoy these selections from URJ Books and Music.

• 18 Little Things You Can Do For Shabbat
Ideas for Celebrating!

• Celebrate Shabbat at Home
Celebrating shabbat at home with family and friends creates a warm and wonderful end to your week. Saying or singing blessings over family, candles, wine and challah helps make it sacred. Enjoy this guide from Larchmont Temple, NY. Shabbat Shalom!