The main religious service of the Jews is called the Shabbat. The Shabbat, or Sabbath, starts at dusk on Friday evening and ends at dusk on Saturday evening. Why do Jews celebrate the Sabbath? Think about the creation story from the book of Genesis. In this story it says that God created the world in six days and on the seventh he rested. There are a long list of things that it is forbidden for Jews to do during the Sabbath. Jewish people who keep the Sabbath faithfully will not go to work or to school, will not do any housework or homework, will not use public transport, will not prepare or cook any food (all food for the Sabbath will be prepared before sunset on Friday), and will not go shopping. The Sabbath will be seen as a time to worship, study and enjoy recreation with their family.
The fourth of the ten commandments says "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. On it you shall do no work" So the Sabbath is a special day for Jews.
It is a whole day that is special and different from other days. A day for a special meal, a family get together, best clothes, a complete break from normal routine. The word Sabbath means rest, but in many Jewish homes a great deal of hard work is done before the day begins. The house must be clean and tidy, the Sabbath meal ready, the table laid with flowers and the best plates and glasses, and the wine must be uncorked. Even the candlesticks have been especially polished. Everyone in the family will have a job to do to help prepare the house for the Sabbath.
The Sabbath candles will…