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Shabbat at Home
Practical tips, suggestions, and guides
Candle Lighting Times for
Bay Shore:
Friday, May 22
7:52 pm
Shabbat, May 23
8:59 pm

Our synagogue remains closed as a precaution to protect the health of all the members of our community. This is an unfortunate situation, and we hope and pray for this pandemic to end and for all those who are sick to be speedily healed.

Please join us for a pre-Shabbat celebration online.
Friday, 6:45 pm https://zoom.us/j/4545886809
We will sing, pray, and say L'chaim together!

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This Shabbat is an amazing opportunity. Your home is your synagogue. You are the Rabbi, Rebbetzin, Cantor and Torah Reader. If you don't usually keep Shabbat fully, try to do it this Shabbat.

Here is what to do:

  • Before candle lighting time (see above), light your Shabbat candles (a special time for prayer).
  • Preceding your Shabbat meal make Kiddush, a blessing over wine declaring Shabbat holy.
  • Enjoy your Shabbat meal (share a Jewish thought, story or lesson).
  • Experience Shabbat's holiness by refraining from cooking and using electronics.
  • Use a Siddur or take a moment to pray from your heart. Make your home a place to connect with G‑d.
  • Click here for a Friday Night user guide
  • Click here for a Shabbat Day user guide 

We've included links below for more tips and guides on how to celebrate Shabbat at home - we hope you find it useful!

With heartfelt prayers for a happy and healthy Shabbat for all,

Rabbi Shimon Stillerman

10 Tips for Preparing for Shabbat While Social Distancing

10 Tips for Preparing for Shabbat While Social Distancing

Coronavirus got you quarantined? Here’s how you’re gonna make it through Shabbat like a pro!

By Menachem Posner

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How to Pray the Shabbat Prayers at Home

How to Pray the Shabbat Prayers at Home

While you may be unable to attend services due to quarantine or canceled services, you can still pray.

By Mordechai Rubin

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How to Cook for Shabbat While Social Distancing

How to Cook for Shabbat While Social Distancing

Whether you’re in official quarantine or social distancing to stay safe, your Shabbat may look very different from usual this week.

By Miriam Szokovski

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In this week's Torah Portion:

Parshat Bamidbar

 

In the Sinai Desert, G‑d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary. They replace the firstborn, whose number they approximated, since they were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.

 
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