There is no better moment to wish that our children have lives of fulfillment, joy, and peace than when entering Shabbat. Watch as Cantor Schwartz shows us how to perform the blessing of the children, as he shares a special moment with two of his own.
The blessing over the children on Shabbat brings countless families together, at least for as long as the kids will stay still! Watch as Rabbi Cosgrove explains the history and meaning of this special Friday night moment.
Shabbat Schmooze with Rabbi Cosgrove and Cantor Schwartz's Children
Shabbat is a wonderful time for people across generations, professions, and lifestyles to come together and create a connection. This recently took place at Rabbi Cosgrove's table! Enjoy this fun Shabbat conversation between him and Cantor Schwartz's two youngest children.
It’s a beverage battle for the ages! In one corner, full-bodied and fruity, we have wine. In the other, sugary and sweet, we have grape juice. Which do you prefer to drink during Shabbat dinner? Let the battle begin!
Even with all of the traditions that keep Shabbat meaningful, we believe there is no one way to celebrate Shabbat! Everyone can experience the joys of Shabbat by making it their own. Whether your home is full of them, or has none, watch as our members and clergy share their favorite Shabbat tradi...
To conclude the meal, we offer various verses of thanks that make up the birkat hamazon, the blessing after the meal. On Shabbat, one might add a few extra prayers for the special occasion. Join Cantor Reisner as she sings the blessings after meals.
After a spirited and joyful meal, we don't simply rush away from the table to enjoy the rest of Shabbat night. It's a time to pause, give thanks, and show appreciation for the food we were fortunate to enjoy. Learn why we say blessings after the meal with Rabbi Solmsen.
We are grateful for the food we are about to receive, and first on the menu is challah! Before we eat, we say the short but meaningful blessing over bread. Sing along with Cantor Davis as she shows us how to say hamotzi.
The sun has set, we have said the blessing for wine and grape juice, now it's time to eat! But before we can dig in, we must sanctify ourselves by washing our hands. Learn how to perform this ancient ritual with Rabbi Solmsen.
How can such a mundane activity be elevated to a divine level? There's a deeper history of hand-washing in Judaism than you may expect! Learn the holy origins of Shabbat hand-washing from Rabbi Solmsen.
Reciting Kiddush over wine or grape juice is an opportunity to express gratitude, and a reminder of the holiness that surrounds us. Say Kiddush with Cantor Schwartz this week and follow along with this how-to video!
The sun is setting on Friday evening and it is time to light the Shabbat candles, a sacred commandment to begin the eternal gift of Shabbat. But how do we accomplish this ritual? Watch as Cantor Davis explains how to perform this tradition, step by step.
As daylight fades to dusk, we welcome Shabbat by lighting two candles and saying a blessing. But what’s the meaning behind this practice? Watch as Rabbi Zuckerman explains the origins of this tradition.
Cantor Schwartz Sings Ya Ribon – A Prayer for the Shabbat Dinner Table
Ya Ribon is a prayer that connects the universal to the particular, from the immeasurable scale of the ruler of rulers to the local sacredness of Jerusalem. It is included in the siddur for home use – as Rabbi Cosgrove says in this video, “It's traditional on a Friday night and Shabbat day that y...