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About the Author

A former director of media relations, Meredith L. Jacobs has spent the last decade creating programs and events for local charity groups, schools, and synagogues. In 2004, she developed a series of workshops about Shabbat for women's groups that inspired this book. Jacobs's monthly column on family and parenting appears in Jewish newspapers in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Phoenix, and Detroit. She lives with her husband and their two children in Rockville, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061120650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061120657
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dana Sacks on March 6, 2007
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I am the sort of person who gets intimidated easily when faced with something I believe everyone else knows a lot about and I don't know anything. It wasn't until I had children that I started to think about the responsiblity of creating a weekly Shabbat in my house. We'd invite guests, go over to someone's house, or sometimes, hurriedly light candles and cut the challah while moving on to another event. Back then, it would have been nice to have this book handy.

Jacobs' book makes you think about slowing down and making time to really create a meaningful Shabbat. She gives you all the how-tos, without sounding pretentious or judgemental....she simply tells you how she morphed her routine in a way that makes you feel like you can too.

One of the most important parts of the book is the parsha section, with a quick overview of the Torah portion for the week and questions to ask at the dinner table. There are recipes as well, with a whole section about making your own challah and how baking it will enhance your meal.

But best of all is her tone. It is familiar, like you are talking with a new, best friend, in a way that makes you feel she has put her arms around you and said, "You can do it. I'll help."

A fun read, very imformative, and well worth buying. It's in a place of honor next to our table, within easy reach for our Friday night discussions.
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By CheKer on September 12, 2008
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Absolutely a great read for any modern Jewish woman/mother looking to reconnect with Judaism and celebrate Shabbat with her own family. The book was written in a completely non-judgemental way and was very accessible, without causing immense waves of guilt and shame that I needed a book to help me out!

Perfect for a beginner looking to be more observant of Shabbat or for a mom trying to make Shabbat more enjoyable for her children. She presents ways to slowly incorporate a more observant way of life into your own modern, fast-paced life. The stories were funny, the suggestions were excellent and her go-to challah recipe is now mine as well!

Worth every cent! Much thanks to my husband for buying this as a gift when our children were born - I now have confidence that my children will have fond memories of Shabbat when they're older.
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This is a great book for any woman who is married to a Jewish man, whether she is Jewish or not. If you are seeking to add more meaning to your familly's life, or just want to know more about Jewish traditions, read this book. It is written in a casual, breezy style that makes learning about ancient religious traditions easy and non-threatening. It is filled with practical ideas to bring your family closer together.
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I grew up Reform, and married a non-Jewish man, who is very supportive of raising our children Jewish. I don't want to be "over the top", but I do want to have a little more "Jewishness" in our home, and having some traditions on Shabbat is special. It marks "family time" and brings our faith into it. This book is excellent, practical, and very helpful. I think for any Jewish modern mom, wanting to have a little "Jewishness" in the home, this book is a must-have. Love it!
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i just started and finished reading this book and wanted to tell everyone what i thought.....i LOVED it....it was funny without being naughty and totally informative and inspiring. it is well written without being stuffy and "Hebrew schooly"....points come across by imparting wisdom, not preaching or sounding holier than thou....i especially liked the anecdotes about Meredith's kids and how other people find meaning in Shabbat.
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Unbelievable book. Very inspriting plus it has very good simple and easy cooking recipies that I was looking for everywhere. Most books making traditions, customs, prayers and recipies so complicated. I have been so lucky come across this fantastic book that describes everything very easily, with great love and inspiration for the future. Thank you very much for this great book!
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The author is more traditional than I imagined, but offers many different levels of guidance. The book has a lot of helpful information from the parshas and how to involve kids to different crafts to try. It takes a very start slow and add one or two things at a time approach, that I really enjoy.
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I wish I had this book two years ago when my husband and I first got married. It has great ideas, recipes, and explanations. The book is a wonderful resource being easy and interesting to read. Great for both conservative and reform Jews. While it is definitely Mom oriented, it is great for anyone who wants to bring their household (even if this is just you and your spouse) together on Shabbat.
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