Sunday, 11 May 2014

Shabbat insights Part I

It's  your cool dude Sam here,

I shared Friday Shabbat with my sisters Hannah, Rachel  &  various friends, which was a cool experience as ever.

"Call the Shabbat a delight"-Isaiah 58, 13

We start with the lighting of the candles at 8.00 pm over prayer & a song called Shalom Aleichem to welcome the Angels of Shabbat ; we then began the meal with prayers (Kiddush) over wine and bred, ritually washed our hands , at 8.20pm & finished  (or rather we went to bed) at about 2.00am in the morning, after the final song 'Bendigamos'  (Sephardi  don't rush meals/Shabbat or our discussions !).

The twins  always do good food, which is Sephardi  & British-

Challah (bread)

Tapas -
  •  Chreime (Spicy Tunisian Fish  stew/ curry)
  • Pollo de Hannah en el vino tinto (Hannah's chicken in red wine)
  • Tagine de cordero (Morrocan lamb stew/curry)
  • Hannah glücklich Salat ( 'Hannah's happy salad')
  • melón de de rachel con menta (Rachel's Melon's with mint
  • Couscous
  •  Roast Potatoes 
  •  Black and green olives 
Desert - Fruit  Salad 

  • Kosher Wine (Red or White) for the meal, usually Israeli and one that is mevushal, as we often have non Jewish friends around.
  • Beer-  Svatý Norbert IPA [a Czech beer]  
  • A variety of non-alcoholic beverages for those who do not drink
After dinner 
  • Turkish Coffee
  • Mahia- A Morrocean fig brandy 
  • Oban Malt Whisky 
  • Cigarette or cigar 

Songs & Telhilim

We sang Psalms 8, 66, 27, 11, 19 & 79 , Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, Yom Israel Ivdu,  & ShemaIsrael 

  • Jonah, God & forgiveness of sins
  • Jubilee (from the week's Torah portion)
  • NASA'S map of the universe & Torah
Proverb - 
 "an honest answer is like a kiss on the lips"


  1. Shoom,

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts . I'm glad my davening has been answered, was worried when you went off the derech ...

    1. No probs Bro!

      I do of course also like your Shabbat do's as well! (:

  2. All that foods seems middle eastern or Mediterranean. Where are the salted fish, bagels and stews. I thought that was what Jewish food was about. How do you eat a meal lasting a couple of hours?

  3. Hi Sam,

    Glad you enjoyed ! Lots of hugs !

  4. a loyal communicant12 May 2014 at 10:03

    Any change of going into detail on the thoughts/insights and or the food recipes?

    1. Yes I'd like to read further about that. Shabbat meal or holiday conversations are always good!

    2. I will do some more postings about our Shabbat insights later. I might do this as a regular column.

  5. OK, I will put some of the recipes up- we did say we were going to blog about food!!

  6. Anglo-Catholic12 May 2014 at 14:04

    I thought Judaism was about rules and regulations which no one can follow, how wrong I was!

  7. Excellent summary. I'd also be interested in reading about the food & insights. Perhaps we could make this a regular feature/take it in turns to share our Shabbat meals & thoughts?

  8. Hi Esther,

    I think that is a great idea. You next week ?

  9. I guess we could take this in turns ?


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