Learning about Shabbat

On Thursday we welcomed our Jewish visitor who taught us all about Shabbat.

Here is what we learned:

Jewish people have a Sabbath time called Shabbat where from Friday at sunset until Saturday (for 25 hours) Jewish people rest and do not do any form of work just like God did when he created the world in 6 days and then rested on the 7th day. Therefore, for Jewish children, they are not allowed to do their homework when it is Shabbat.

Our visitor read some prayers that they say before eating and after lighting Shabbat candles. She explained that these prayers are said in a language called Hebrew. We learned that you read Hebrew writing differently to how we read our words. Hebrew writing is read from right to left not left to right.

During Shabbat our visitor showed us the bread that is eaten. This bread is called challah. The bread is sweet like honey and she said that the bread is sweet because sweetness reminds us of happiness just like the happiness that Jewish people have by believing in God. Most of us tried the bread and nearly all of us thought it was delicious.

Our visitor also showed us the clothes that Jewish people wear. She explained that some Jewish men and boys always wear a kippah (which is a skullcap which is worn to show that God is above us) all the time but some Jewish men and boys just wear a kippah during special times like Shabbat.

It has been great to learn about Judaism children. Have a go at the quiz and see how much you can remember about Judaism.

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