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Friday Night and Beyond is a novel, fresh, and long-needed guide to the spiritual depth and halachic program of the Shabbat. It is a must-have for everyone getting back on the track. Often we emphasize the depth and beauty of Shabbat, leaving the new Ba'al Teshuvan to his own devices in incorporating this beauty into the reality of his or her life. The most informative shiurim are valueless without training the person in 'how to bring it home' like long-practiced Jews, and thereby truly reclaiming our way of life. (Rabbi Maurice Lamm)

This is a warm and wonderful book that describes some of the most life-enhancing aspects of Jewish tradition in inviting, accessible terms. Reading Friday Night and Beyond is like joining an especially joyous and informative family table as an honored Shabbat guest. (Michael Medved)

The Sabbath is a foundation stone of Jewish life, both spiritual and social. But the gap between those who have not tasted its sweetness and inspiration, and the mode of traditional Sabbath observance seems almost unbridgeable. Friday Night and Beyond by Lori Palatnik provides such a bridge, for the uninitiated as well as the initiated. She does so painstakingly, engagingly, with an exaltation that hovers over every detail―and above all in both current idiom and profound love for both Sabbath and every Jew. (Rabbi Nachman Bulman)

About the Author

Lori Palatnik is a writer and educator with Aish HaTorah, Toronto, an international Jewish adult education organization. She has appeared on television and radio and has lectured, both in North America and abroad, illuminating traditional practices and life-styles for our contemporary world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (July 7, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568219997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568219998
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book provides exactly what the title advertises: a step-by-step guide through the Shabbat experience, from Friday night through the end of the day on Saturday. Whether you already keep Shabbat, or you are someone seeking to learn more about Jewish religious observance, this book will make Shabbat a more meaningful and spirtual experience.
Ever wondered what beginning Shabbat dinner with Shalom Aleichem is all about? Kiddush? Grace after meals? What about that washing of the hands before Hamotzi? Or, maybe you are curious about WHAT to do, not just why? This book answers all of these questions and more.
Indeed, for each ritual or step in the Shabbat experience, the book provides the what, how, and why. The author even includes the full text of prayers (in English, Hebrew, and transliteration) for both before and after the meals. Also included in each section of the book are first person antecdotes describing various individuals' personal stories behind their endeavors to observe particular rituals.
I highly recommend this book, especially for those who want to-the-point explanations of specific Shabbat rituals, including for those interested in learning what to do, and how to do it.
I now use the book to refresh myself on particular rituals so that I can share their meanings with Shabbat guests, making both mine and their Shabbat experiences more meaningful.
As an aside, the book would make a great gift for that friend or family member who keeps talking about wanting to learn about or "do more" on Shabbat but who feels overwhelmed by the prospect of having to catch-up years of not learning about Judaism. It certainly helped me in that regard.
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Format: Hardcover
My only regret about this book is that we didn't purchase it sooner. My wife and I are on the path of becoming more observant. We bought and read several Shabbos books before we found this one. The other books were o.k., but none came close to combining inspiration and instruction in such a pragmatic manner as Lori Palatnik is able to do. I strongly recommend this wonderful book to anyone wanting to learn and embrace the how's and why's of a traditional Jewish Shabbat.
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Format: Paperback
I have already lent my copy out twice to people just starting to observe Shabbos. It is very user-friendly, with step by step instructions for what to do and when but also includes the reasons for specific practices and even gives you first person accounts of others who have been there. This makes it very pleasant reading, not just another "how to" book. This is the one book you should read when you're starting out because it covers ALL the basics. I loved it and recommend it to people constantly!
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Format: Hardcover
This is the book for those of us for whom BEING Jewish isn't enough. This book is a wonderful introduction to DOING Jewish... the rituals that have kept Judaism going through the centuries.
If you worry that keeping Shabbat is beyond you, just dig into this book, written just for you by a woman who is much-loved here in her former hometown of Toronto (and much-missed now that she's moved down to Florida).
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Format: Paperback
Lori's book is just what the Spritual Doctor ordered to help me on my journey towards keeping the Sabbath. I have experienced the beauty of Shabbat in other peoples home but with the help of this book I can begin celebrating Shabbat in my own home.
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Format: Paperback
Friday Night and Beyond is a great Shabbat starter and covers all aspects of Shabbat including prayers and traditional Jewish recipes. Lori is a fantastic teacher and never disappoints. Whether you are thinking about converting or want to brush up on your Shabbat tools this book is a must. It is the only book that I know of that goes through Shabbat with great detail but is easy enough to flick through if you need help in a certain area without having to read the whole book.
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If you haven't watched Lori Almost Live on YouTube your missing out and this book doesn't disappoint either. This book is awesome it goes over everything. Great for those who are just starting to those that are seasoned pros. I've been keeping Shabbat for about 7 months and this book is reinforcing my need for keeping Shabbat. If you're converting or looking to become more Torah Observant this book should be on the top of your list of books to buy. Seriously Lori Palatnik goes through everything in an effortless and down to earth way that everyone can understand and implement. The personal stories throughout the book make it more relatable and entertaining. I would love to meet Lori Palatnik and give her a huge hug (but I can't since I'm a man).
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Even if you are not an observant person, you should read this book. I came to realize how important shabbat can be, not only as a spirital moment, but also as an art of living, as an aesthetics of life. This book is interesting to read even if you are not an orthodox Jew (it speaks to every Jew), and even if you are not a Jew. It is a very enriching window on a specific mindset and culture.
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