Shabbat for Real Life
From October 14, 2017 12:30 pm until October 14, 2017 2:00 pm Save to calendar
Posted by Marc Bernstein
Categories: Bet Mishpachah Events
Following services, Rabbi Laurie Green leads a discussion on Shabbat practices.
The full title of the session is Shabbat for Real Life: A Practical Workshop for Real People in the Real World. You know the blessing for the Shabbat candles and you sing Lecha Dodi like a pro, but now what? What can Shabbat look like for serious Jews who are not Orthodox and don't want to be Orthodox? If I use electricity on Shabbat (which some Orthodox rabbis once permitted, really), then can I use my computer? Why do some people push the elevator button with their elbow? If I'm wearing a kippah and I don't usually use money on Shabbat, should I tip the hotel staff so they don't think Jews are cheap? Why is healing forbidden on Shabbat; isn't Shabbat more joyful if you just take an Advil?
If you have a Shabbat practice, or if you're considering one, what does it look like? Where do these rules come from and do they matter to us?
This class has no final answers, but lots of questions, lots of real life examples, and lots of good old-fashioned Jewish arguing.