Jewish · slice of life

Slowing Down on Shabbat

Candlelighting time is at 5:41 p.m. However, we probably won’t kindle the Sabbath lights until after six when my husband gets home from work. Alas, the oven is pre-heated and ready for the chicken that’s been brining for the past day. I’ve set out the candlesticks, Kiddush cup, and challah so that they’re ready-to-go. Until then, I will retreat to my office to do SOLSC-related things.

And at six, life will slow down. Even though I hope for a quiet dinner, I know it’ll be loud. Someone will spill something. Someone will complain about the food. Yet, I know I will also exhale.

After the kids are in bed, I will prepare for tomorrow’s Junior Congregation, which I lead with my friend Jenny. I will be reading a story about Purim in an effort to get the kids ready for our next big holiday.

Tomorrow’s Junior Congregation Read Aloud

Once that’s done, I will go to sleep.

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14 thoughts on “Slowing Down on Shabbat

  1. Thank you SO much for your post. I enjoyed reading this. I love that this is a purposeful slow down. We need more of these!

    Embarrassingly, I know so little about Jewish traditions/culture, and I wish that I knew more. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Your post has a lovely pace to it. It’s so important to incorporate times to slow down in our daily life. Your traditions are a wonderful, natural way to do that, and I appreciate your sharing them with us.

  3. I love that you share the traditions of your faith here with us Stacey. And this one sounds wonderful… slowing down at the end of the week. Hope there were fewer spills and complaints than anticipated at dinner.

  4. “Someone will spill something. Someone will complain about the food.” – These lines made me smile. So true! Your best laid out plans usually do not go according to plan, but the important part is dinner and family. Have a beautiful day! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Traditions are so important! Thanks for sharing this glimpse into your family life, Stacey. And I love the line about someone complaining about the food or spilling something. Some things just seem to cross all cultures!

  6. A lovely reflective piece. I like to write late at night when I can slow down and reflect, but I rarely do. I’m glad that you shared your Shabbat preparations with all of us.

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