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Shabbat-August 30, 2013

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Shabbat Day

Skies of other worlds

In the blue-bright air,

Sides of houses

Edge eternity.

Clay-red roofs

Where pigeons – mincing – walk,

Fly the doves – the whir and flutter

Of their soaring wings.

Soundless the yellow butterfly

At its play.

Winds lift white clouds

And sift the sand

From earth-bound stones -

Exalted the light

Of this dazzling Day,

Yet strangely close to home.

-Dobra Levitt

Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Skies and Shalom Within a Poem

Sabbath Queen

The sun has already disappeared beyond the treetops,
Come let us go and welcome the Sabbath Queen,
She is already descending among us, holy and blessed,
And with her are angels, a host of peace and rest,
Come, O Queen,
Come, O Queen,
Peace be unto you, O Angels of Peace.’

We have welcomed the Shabbat with song and prayer,
Let us return home our hearts full of joy.
There, the table is set, the lights are lit,
Every corner of the house is shining with a divine spark.
A good and blessed Shabbat.
A good and blessed Shabbat.
Come in peace, O Angels of Peace.

Sit among us, O pure Shabbat Queen, and enlighten us with your splendor.
Tonight and tomorrow–then you may pass on.
And we for our part will honor you by wearing beautiful clothing,
By singing zemirot, by praying, and by eating three meals.
And with complete rest.
And with pleasant rest.
Bless me with peace, O Angels of Peace.

The sun has already disappeared beyond the treetops.
Come let us accompany the Sabbath Queen’s departure.
Go in peace, holy and blessed.
Know that for six day we will await your return.
Yes, till next Shabbat.
Yes, till next Shabbat.
Go in peace, O Angels of Peace.

Hayyim Nahman Bialik

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May 18, 2012 – 26 Iyyar, 5772

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New Year-Current Year

SkyWatch Friday time!

Saturday night is New Year’s Eve, a night that is celebratory, a night that welcomes the new year on the Gregorian or Civil calendar. At the stroke of midnight we say good bye to the year 2011 and welcome the year 2012.

For Jews, this is double-fold , as we already welcomed the new year 5772 according to the Hebrew calendar on 1 Tishri. We are still in the current year.

If we look at the Gregorian calendar, tonight will be the last Shabbat in the year 2011, but it is not the last Shabbat celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar. We have many more Shabbosim left before the Hebrew new year of 5773.

Take a moment, tonight at sunset, to reflect on both the worlds we live in…the Jewish world and its many traditions and beliefs, and the modern world which follows the Gregorian calendar. Try to reflect on how you have blended both these worlds into your lives, and how they have become compatible with each other in the scheme of things.

Have a wonderful 2012. Shabbat Shalom!

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December 30, 2011 – 4 Tevet, 5772

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Jewaicious Re Kiddush

When saying kiddush (a blessing), many people use a silver cup or goblet, some use gold or even glass.  One can use any cup.  I personally own a silver goblet that I treasure (shown in the photograph above).  It is only used for kiddush.  Reciting kiddush is a mitzvah.

It is a Torah commandment to recite kiddush before the evening meal on Shabbat eve and on Jewish holidays.

For those of you that do not understand the significance of kiddush, why not visit Judaism 101, and read about the Shabbat ritual of kiddush and other traditions regarding Shabbat.  The entire kiddush is shown in both Hebrew and English.

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