Blessing the Children on Shabbat
by Ariela Pelaia for ThoughtCo.
Learn Family Shabbat Blessings
Every week as the sun sets on Friday evening the Jewish holiday of Shabbat begins. This day of rest lasts until havdalah is said as the sun sets on Saturday and is dedicated to family, community and spiritual renewal.
Traditionally Shabbat includes special blessings that are said over the children on Friday night. How these blessings are said varies from home to home. Customarily it is the father who blesses the children by laying his hands on their heads and reciting the blessings below.
Shabbat Fun for Kids
Tried-and-true ways to make Shabbat great for kids.
Let’s face it. Shabbat has a lot of don'ts and can'ts.
The challenge for parents is to convey how all the “restrictions” actually open up an exciting new dimension of fun. With the right approach, Shabbat becomes the kids’ favorite day, which they anticipate with excitement all week long.
Here are some tried-and-true ways to make Shabbat great for kids:
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