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Shabbat at Home
Practical tips, suggestions, and guides
Candle Lighting Times for
Islip:
Friday, Jan 22
4:41 pm
Shabbat, Jan 23
5:43 pm

Our synagogue has taken the precaution to remain closed this week, we will reevaluate on a weekly basis based on the spread. 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.


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:

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The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.

G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid goat is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.

The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbors for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.

The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn, and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d.
 
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