Related Blog Posts on Shabbat

Shabbat as Alternate Time, Especially During the Pandemic

Michele Braun
July 8, 2020

Friday’s sunset could be no different than Thursday’s, a time marker notching off another day or another week, but Shabbat requires us to mark a more substantial difference,  Regularity is key to keep track of our lives between other Jewish times and when days blur into each other.

The Power of Shabbat, Even Over the Loudspeaker

Cantor Laura Stein, LMSW
July 6, 2020

Even as structure and routine begin to crumble, ritual observances don’t stop for the virus. As did many generations of Jews before us, we must adapt ritual to this unprecedented way of life, and Shabbat services, a mainstay for nursing home residents, necessitated creative adaptation.

My Letter of Gratitude and Hope to a Synagogue Across the Country

Parisa Vinzant
April 27, 2020

Earlier this month, I joined a Virginia synagogue's virtual Shabbat services, led by its youth group teens. Afterward, I composed and sent an email to the congregation’s cantors to tell them how touched I was by the service and to express my sincere gratitude to them.

How I'm Finding Blessings Amid the Separation

Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman
April 22, 2020

As challenging as these days of quarantine have been, I take comfort in the many ways this strange time of separation have enabled us – however ironically – to come together. Here are a few of the “blessings of separation” I’ve experienced in the age of COVID-19.

What's Real about a Virtual Shabbat Service?

Howard Richard Debs
April 21, 2020

Frankly, I was skeptical about attending services online – but it was the occasion of the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) for my wife’s brother, and this was our only option for respecting her wish to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish with our Jewish community.

A Shabbat Prayer for Healing in the Era of Coronavirus

Rabbi Leah Doberne-Schor
March 26, 2020

Our ancestors turned to that pillar for strength and support in their time of waiting; so too, can we turn for help in these unprecedented times. Here is a prayer that might be recited as we light the Shabbat candles.