THE GOOD SHABBOS COMMUNITY

ENJOYING YOUR JEWISH HERITAGE THROUGH FOOD, FACTS AND FUN - SHABBAT SHALOM

 

 CHALLAH, WINE,  CANDLES , READ A LITTLE, TALK A LITTLE AND SING

TO ACT OR NOT TO ACT BLOG HOME WHY ABOUT US WHO FOR CONTACT WHERE LINKS FOOD FOR SHABBOS SHARING WHAT WE DO EACH SHABBOS SHABBOS LIGHT WEEKLY CONTENT SONGS - THE MUSIC
 

Candles, Challah and Wine

 

 

WHAT WE DO EACH SHABBOS

 

Each week in Synagogues around the world Jews celebrate the reading of the Torah by reciting the parsha – the portion for the week. The Torah is the Jews' own story, the equivalent of the Iliad for Greeks, The Nibelungenlied for Germans, King Arthur for the English , The Norse Sagas, Don Quixote for the Spaniards, The New Testament for Christians and the Koran for Muslims. It is the center point of our connection with Jews everywhere - it is our heritage.

 

The existence of Israel is integral to our history. It is impossible to talk about the Jewish contribution to the world without talking about Israel. Whether Israel matters for you is a personal decision. If you have problems with Israel, I can only ask that you use the same standards that you use to judge Israel and use them to judge other countries.

  

Belief in god is a personal issue and is not likely to come up in discussion with others in The Good Shabbos Community. The approach taken to the Torah is a non-religious one and examines the stories from a rational viewpoint.  You are free to make your own interpretations. 

 

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A SMORGASBORD OF  ACTIVITIES.   CHOOSE FROM THE TABLE OR BRING YOUR OWN SUGGESTIONS. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO FIND A COMBINATION OF THINGS THAT YOU ENJOY AND WILL BRING YOU TOGETHER AGAIN AND AGAIN.

THE ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY IS DOING SOMETHING TOGETHER - THAT MAKES COMMUNITY 


We start by reading an English language version of the parsha. You can abbreviate it or summarise it. Your choice.
 I would suggest that one or two people at the celebration say a few sentences to explain this story.  You don't need to bore everybody to tears by reading out long passages.

 

A commentary follows in the form of a discussion between a composite character Sigmund (Freud) Albert (Einstein) Baruch (Spinoza) SAS representing the secular world and Solomon Methuselah SM representing the traditional faith and defending the written word.

 

Orthodox Rabbis would say that these interpretations are based on the Karaite version of the Torah - the actual words used and not the oral traditions etc. If, as everything is God's will, as they say, then the interpretation on this site must also be God's will and is every bit as valid as their interpretation. If it wasn't valid, it would not exist.


Then a short commentary about Jewish history, some sayings from the Shtetl and two Jewish people who have advanced civilisation in some important way.

Please read and select from the above or make your own information. 

  

You may need to print out some pages so that everybody can participate. 

 

To make things interesting, each person could say a few words about the family origins and about how the family came to live where it does. Most Jews have come from someplace else. You could talk about some intersting characters in the family from previous generations. Every piece of information increases your connectivity with other people.

 

Please remember that the list below looks religious but it only has the original names so that the Good Shabbos Community can be in synch with the rest of the Jewish world and tell our story in the same order. 

Our story is longest story in the world from the people with the longest continued existence. 

http://www.yashanet.com/shabbat/parsha.htm 

Check the name in the third column and look for it in the next section - WEEKLY CONTENT.  That is for the date in the first column which changes every year because the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar based on the moon and the dates are never the same. 

same in our calendar.

 

A Selection of Ceremonies For Lighting Candles, Drinking Wine And EatingChalleh 

To Say Over Candles: 

The lighting of the Sabbath candles is one of the most familiar customs connected to Shabbes and one that is part of our collective memory. According to tradition, candles are lit on Friday just before sunset, usually by the mother and daughters of the household, though they may be lit by any Jew.  The lighting of the candles signifies the spiritual essence of the Sabbath.  Candlelight flickers, spreading its light and its warmth.  It envelops us in peace, sholem bayis  (family harmony), the light of learning, and the hope for the continuity of the Jewish people.  Personal wishes for health and well-being go out from our hearts to all of our loved ones. 

   Naomi Prawer Kadar, Shabbes (Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1995)

 

 

We light these candles to celebrate our coming together. 

They reflect the light in our lives and the warmth we find in our extended family. 

They generate a feeling of togetherness, and connect us to our Jewish history and heritage. 

May our time together bring us joy and a renewed sense of commitment to our people and all humanity. 

Violet Cherlin, Long Island Havurah for Humanistic Judaism 

 

 

We rejoice in our heritage which has given us the tradition of lighting the Shabbes candles. 

Ashreinu bi'yerushateinu she'masrah lonu et hatoreshet l’hadlik ner shel shabbat. 

Mir freyen zikh mit undzer yerusheh vos hot undz gegebn di traditsiye foon ontsindn di Shabbes likht. 

Judith Seid, We Rejoice on Our Heritage: Home Rituals for Secular Jews

 

 

Barukh haor baolam. 

Radiant is the light in the world 

Barukh haor ba’adam. 

Radiant is the light of humanity. 

Barukh haor bashabbat 

Radiant is the light of the Sabbath. 

Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine 

   

To say over Wine/Grape Juice: 

In the warm glow of the candles' shine, 

we lift the brimming cup of wine. 

As Jews for centuries before, 

sharing Jewish life and lore. 

In praise of harmony and rest, 

ideals of justice, freedom's quest. 

A world of brotherhood and peace, 

where poverty and hate will cease. 

At our Shabbes celebration, 

we renew our dedication, 

To all that's Jewish/Yiddish,  

in this, our special Kiddish. 

By Naomi Prawer Kadar, Shabbes, (Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1995)

 

We rejoice in our heritage which has given us the cup of wine [grape juice] as the symbol of our happiness. We rejoice in our heritage which has given us the Sabbath, a day of rest. It is first among our holidays and a reminder of the Exodus from Egypt. 

Borukh shalom baolam. 

We bless peace in all the world

Borukh shalom baodam. 

We bless peace among all people. 

Borukh shalom bashabbbat. 

We bless the peace and joy of this Shabbat. 

Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine 

 

To say over Challeh: 

In tasting bread, we remember the hungry.  May there be a day when no human being suffers the pain and desolation of hunger.  May the bounty we enjoy help us to bring to fruition the vision of a besere un a shenere velt, a better and more beautiful world. 

Naomi Prawer Kadar, Shabbes, (Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1995) 

 

We rejoice in our heritage that teaches us to love our earth that gives us wheat and to honor the farmers who grow it and the workers who make it into bread. 

 

Date
(Saturday)

Parsha
Name

Meaning of
Parsha Name

Torah Portion
(Christian Verses in blue)

September 11, 2010 Ha'azinu Give ear Deuteronomy 32:1 - 32:52
September 18 Yom Kippur
special readings
  Leviticus 16:1 - 34,
Numbers 29:7 - 11.

Leviticus 18:1 - 30
September 25 Sukkot, Day 3,
special readings
  Exodus 33:12 - 34:26
Numbers 29:17 - 25
October 2 Bereishit In the beginning Genesis 1:1 - 6:8
October 9 Noah Noah (rest) Genesis 6:9 - 11:32
October 16 Lech Lechah Go forth, yourself! Genesis 12:1 - 17:27
October 23 Va'yeirah And He appeared Genesis 18:1 - 22:24
October 30 Chayei Sarah Life of Sarah Genesis 23:1 - 25:18
November 6 Toldot Generations Genesis 25:19 - 28:9
November 13 Va'yeitzi And he went out Genesis 28:10 - 32:3
(28:10 - 32:2)
November 20 Va'yishlach And he sent Genesis 32:4 - 36:43
(32:3 - 36:43)
November 27 Va'yeishev And he settled Genesis 37:1 - 40:23
December 4 Miketz At the end of Genesis 41:1 - 44:17
December 11 Va'yigash And he drew near Genesis 44:18 - 47:27
December 18 Va'yechi And he lived Genesis 47:28 - 50:26
December 25 Shemot Names Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
January 1, 2011 Va'eirah And I appeared Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
January 8 Bo Enter! Exodus 10:1 - 13:16
January 15 Beshalach When he let go Exodus 13:17 - 17:16
January 22 Yitro Jethro (abundance)

Exodus 18:1 - 20:23
(18:1 - 20:26)

January 27 Mishpatim Judgements Exodus 21:1 - 24:18
February 5 Terumah Offering Exodus 25:1 - 27:19
February 12 Tetzaveh You shall command Exodus 27:20 - 30:10
February 19 Ki Tisa When you elevate Exodus 30:11 - 34:35
February 26 Va'yakhel And he assembled Exodus 35:1 - 38:20
March 5 Pekudi Accountings of Exodus 38:21 - 40:38
March 12 Va'yikrah And He called Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26
(1:1 - 5:19)
March 19 Tzav Command! Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36
March 26 Shemini Eighth Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47
April 2 Tazriah She bears seed Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59
April 9 Metzorah Infected one Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33
April 16 Acharei Mot After the death Leviticus 16:1 - 18:30
April 23 Pesach, day 5
special readings
  Exodus 33:12 - 34:26
Numbers 28:19 - 25
April 30 Kedoshim Holy ones Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27
May 7 Emor Say! Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23
May 14 Behar On the Mount Leviticus 25:1 -26:2
May 21 Bechukotai In My statutes Leviticus 26:3 - 27:34
May 28 Bamidbar In the wilderness Numbers 1:1 - 4:20
June 4 Nasso Elevate! Numbers 4:21 - 7:89
June 11 Behaalotchah In your making go up Numbers 8:1 - 12:16
June 18 Shelach Lecha Send for yourself Numbers 13:1 - 15:41
June 25 Korach Korah (bald) Numbers 16:1 - 18:32
July 2 Chukat Ordinance of Numbers 19:1 - 22:1
July 9 Balak Balak (destroyer) Numbers 22:2 - 25:9
July 16 Pinchas Phinehas (dark-skinned) Numbers 25:10 - 30:1
(25:10 - 29:40)
July 23 Matot Tribes Numbers 30:2 - 32:42
(30:1 - 32:42)
July 30 Masei Journeys of Numbers 33:1 - 36:13
August 6 Devarim Words Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
August 13 Va'etchanan And I besought Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11
August 20 Eikev Because Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25
August 27 Re'ei Behold Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17
September 3 Shoftim Judges Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9
September 10 Ki Teitzei When you go out Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19
September 17 Ki Tavo When you come in Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8
(26:1 - 29:9)
September 24 Nitzavim and
Vayeilech
Are standing
And went
Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20
(29:10 - 30:20) 

Deuteronomy 31:1 - 31:30

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ADON OLAM WORDS
Adon Olam David Solid Gould & The Temple Rockers
ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS
ALLE BRUDER SONG
ALLE BRIDER SONG
AL KOL ELEH WORDS
AL KOL ELEH
BASHANA words
BASHANA SONG
BEI MIR BIST DU SHEYN
BEI MIR BIST DU SCHEYN SONG
BMBDS song
CHIRIBIM WORDS
CHIRIBIM Song
DAYENU WORDS
DAYENU SONG ENGLISH
DAYENU SONG
DONNA DONNA
DONNA DONNA SONG
HALLELUYA
HALELUJA KARAOKE
HATIKVA
HATIKVA SONG
HATIKVA SONG
DAYENU
HATIKVA WORDS
HATIKVA SONG 1
HAVA NAGILA WORDS
HAVA NAGILA SONG
HAVA NAGILA KARAOKE
HAVEINU SHALOM ALEICHEM
HEVENU SHALOM ALEICHEM WORDS
HEVENU SHALOM ALECHEM SONG
HINEH MA TOV WORDS
JERUSALEM THE GOLD WORDS
JERUSALEM THE GOLD KARAOKE IVRIT
JERUSALEM THE GOLD SONG
JERUSALEM THE GOLD JARAOKE
MAYIM MAYIM WORDS
MAYIM MAYIM DANCE
OIF'N PRIPITSCHOK song
OSE SHALOM
OSE SHALOM SONG
PAPI ROS'N
PAPIROS'N SONG
PARTISAN SONG 1
PARTISAN SONG
PARTISAN SONG MUSIC
RABBI ELIMELEKH
RABBI ELIMELEKH SONG
AS DER REBE SINGT
AS DER REBBE SINGT LEONARD COHEN
AS DER REBBE SINGT SONG
RAISINS WITH ALMONDS WORDS
SIMANTOV U MAZELTOV WORDS
SIMAN TOV MUSIC
MAZELTOV CLARINET
TUMBALALAIKA WORDS
TUMBALALAIKA MUSIC
TUMBALALAIKA MUSIC
TZENA TZENA
TZENA TZENA
TZENA TZENA 4
TZENA TZENA The Weavers
TZENA TZENA WORDS
ALLE BRIDER KLEZMATICS
ALLE BRIDER KLEZMATICS
HATIKVA STREISAND
HATIKVA STREISAND
BIM BAM SHABBAT SHALOM FOR KIDS
BIM BAM SHABBAT SHALOM FOR KIDS
YO EN ESTANDO - SEPHARDIC
ELIYAHU SEPHARDIC
SEPHARDIC SONG
SEPHARDIC SONG 3
Sholem Aleichem Susan Allen
Shalom Aleichem Susan Allen
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