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Friday Night and Beyond: The Shabbat Experience Step-by-Step Paperback – July 7, 1977
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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)
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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.
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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A very basic intruction into Shabbat observance. Very welcoming to the novice and very well written. Only drawback would be the typeset is tiny compared to other books.Published 9 months ago by Team Canada 1
This book contains great info whether you are Jewish or not. However I feel that the price is explotive considering it is an aid to introduce people to the joy of Sabbath. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
book was expensive and I thought it would be a coffee book size: a very nice present I was deeply disappointed with size and binding. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shimon Pepper
I am enjoying reading the book and my Jewish Tutor also got the book so we are learning together. The tutor fills in the questions that the books makes me question.Published on August 26, 2013 by Bubbie
Sorry, but wasn't what I had hoped for. Type size was too small for comfortable reading, and material lacked clarity and continuity. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by NoOffenceIntended
I observe Shabbat in part every week and this book has added so much to my weekly observances. I love reading the whys and the backgrounds behind each step as well as everyone's... Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Ladybug81