Shabbat will be observed on February 24, 2024.
Challah: What’s So Special About Making Dough?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 8 min video
Challah: What’s So Special About Making Dough?
Eishet Chayil: What Does Feminine Valor Look Like?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 2 hours, 4 min video
Eishet Chayil is the ode to the feminine, written by King Solomon in the final chapter of Proverbs, and sung every week, at the Friday night Shabbat table. For generations, many of us have been singing this song every Friday night at our Shabbat table, singing to the woman of the house and extolling her praises. Rabbi Fohrman recorded this live audio in Alon Shvut, Israel, in which he aims to understand the essence of what a "woman of valor" really means. \n\n For indeed, the very notion is odd. Valor is often thought of as a masculine virtue – signifying bravery, on the battlefront, or otherwise. And yet, King Solomon uses this phrase when describing what he calls the most important of feminine traits. Why? Rabbi Fohrman argues that Solomon, in the song of Eishet Chayil, hides a theory of a vision of unique feminine power and strength.
A Closer Look at Eshet Chayil
Rabbi David Fohrman - 1 hour, 11 min video
The Eshet Chayil prayer is filled with all kinds of fascinating implications, including an exciting idea Rabbi Fohrman brings to light in this podcast. He looks closely at two verses from the middle of Eshet Chayil, and shows how they actually paint for us a beautiful and complex picture of the meaning of marriage.
The Deeper Meaning Of Shabbat Morning Kiddush
Rabbi David Fohrman - 14 min video
Parshat Ki Tisa is the text we all recognize from Shabbat Kiddush. But when we read it aloud, it almost sounds as if we are repeating ourselves. Over and over, from verses 13 to 17, Exodus 31 explains why we keep Shabbat, its holiness and a covenant – but why? What is the meaning of the repetitive nature? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman comments on the chiastic structure of Exodus 31, from where he starts to connects the common themes. It will help you unlock a new meaning to the words you though you knew..
The Importance Of Shabbat In All Jewish Holidays
Rabbi David Fohrman - 9 min video
In our Torah reading for holidays, we not only recite the laws of holidays, we include shabbat, and oddest of all, some laws about sacrificing animals. What do all these laws have to do with one another? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes a fascinating argument about how Shabbat works and shows that there are shabbatot in different realms.
The Significance Of Keeping The Sabbath
Rabbi David Fohrman - 12 min video
This week, Rabbi Fohrman examines a description the Bible gives of Sabbath and asks, what does it mean to bring God into this world through space and through time? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman examines melacha and explains that time and space are the two realms in which we explore our connection with God.
Why Are The 10 Commandments Important Today?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 36 min video
In this course, Rabbi David Fohrman examines the meaning of Ten Commandments, why they are important & explores the most fundamental principles of Judaism.
The Meaning of Sabbath Prayers
Rabbi David Fohrman - 1 hour, 6 min video - Part 1 of 3
The language the rabbis use to introduce the Sabbath Amidah prayers serves as a commentary on these biblical verses. These introductions show us how to read the verses and give us some insight into the meaning of the sabbath... join Rabbi Fohrman as he selves into the sage's words and uncovers The Meaning of the Sabbath Prayers.
Shabbat Guide Part 1
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Shabbat Guide Part 2
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Shabbat Guide Part 3
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At the end of a long week, we gather around the table to recite Kiddush with family and friends, and declare Shabbat a holy day over a cup of wine. It’s a moment when our mundane concerns dissolve into the past, and we begin to taste the slice of eternity that is Shabbat. But there’s something puzzling about this… why are we declaring Shabbat holy, over and over again? Didn’t God already do that thousands of years ago, at the beginning of Creation? This paradox leads to one of the secrets of Kiddush. Scroll down to discover the deeper meaning behind the Kiddush blessing you thought you knew.
Eshet Chayil – A Song for Friday Night
What better way to settle into Shabbat than to express gratitude for the strong female role models in our lives? But what does this Biblical poem in Proverbs 31 mean? Who is the “Woman of Valor” that Eishet Chayil is praising?
What is Shabbat?
Even in a busy modern world, observant Jews still take time to rest on the Sabbath, just like God did on the seventh day of creation. We divide Challah bread every Friday night; we recite prayers and readings from the Torah, and bless our women and children. We repeat these actions every week, until they become familiar rituals. But how often do we stop to think about the meaning of what we're doing? What's so important about Shabbat rest, that we still observe this practice thousands of years later? Read this guide to uncover a deeper understanding of the Sabbath.
Stop, reflect and rest – the core values of Shabbat are even more crucial in today’s chaotic world. We rest on the seventh day to honor God’s rest after He created the Universe. Thousands of years later we still observe the Sabbath by refraining from work, alongside special meals and prayers with friends and family.
The Torah tells us that God created the world in six days. Light and darkness, sky and sea, plant life, marine life and terrestrial life – they were all completed by the end of the sixth day of creation. On the seventh day, after so much creating, God then rested – and enjoyed it so much, that He blessed the day and made it holy for eternity. In recognition of God’s rest, we, too, celebrate the seventh day as Shabbat through rest. For thousands of years, the Jewish people have been observing the Sabbath, and remembering and recreating, in our own way, God’s day of rest.
Observing the Sabbath was written into stone as one of the Ten Commandments. And, even before the Torah was even given at Mount Sinai, the Israelites were told not to collect manna on Shabbat. In Jewish law, the Sabbath is observed by refraining from work, sanctifying the day with the recitation of Kiddush, enjoying festive meals and saying special prayers. There are many other laws, practices and customs that are unique to the day as well.
But there are many mysteries to Shabbat. For instance: Why would God need to rest? Why should the fact that God rested still matter to us today? And what do all the practices and customs of Shabbat mean? What is the real purpose of this day? The videos and guides on this page address these big questions to help you unravel the true meaning of Shabbat.