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The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate--Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal Paperback – February 20, 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a non jew, wonderful material, to know more about that beautiful tradition. This book has been an inspiration to bring my family together.Published 21 months ago by Lucy Martínez-Núñez
Easy read. Clear and concise. Great to share with family when explaining and teaching. I would have preferred better paper quality. But the content is greatPublished on July 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I find myself referring to this book often...even after reading it word for word! Highly recommend as a practical guide to Shabbat with the family!Published on March 4, 2014 by Kyla H.
Well written with wonderful explanations to follow. Wonderful recipes and projects for children.
Clear summaries of the weekly Torah portion .
found some great meals and how to think about and how to plan for that special friday meal as well to follow that meal with some special time for family reflections.Published on March 14, 2013 by Ronald M Dzierzawic