Friday, February 10, 2006

5 easy ways to do Shabbos!

Rabbi Ozer Bergman of Yeshivat Bat Ayin suggests five great and easy ways to get more out of Shabbos. Check it out on A Simple Jew, one of the classiest and nicest Jewish blogs on the net!

A Simple Jew: Question & Answer With Rabbi Ozer Bergman - Shabbos

A Gut Shabbos!!


Blogger Fedora Black said...

The link to Rabbi Bergman's recommended reading is sadly not working, but via so creative googling, I have been able to post the contents below:


Even if you are from the yodei sefer—and certainly if you are not—I recommend most highly Rabbi Dovid Ribiat’s The 39 Melochos (Feldheim, 1999). It’s clear, practical, immediate and you cannot outgrow it. The sources and footnotes will grow and expand as your ability to learn halakhah does. The drawbacks you might face are two: the price (approximately $80) and the time investment needed to study it. It is not light reading, although it is easily and readily understandable, even to the novice.

The Kitzur Shulchan Arukh, in its many editions and translations,is certainly a good start. It has a lot of the do’s and don’ts, but not much of the whys-and-wherefores.

Feldheim Publishers also have Shemirath Shabbath, a well-done translation of the Shemirat Shabbat K'hilkhata. It is in three volumes, and is similar to Kitzur Shulchan Arukh, in having a lot of the do’s and don’ts.

The Mishneh Berurah has been translated into English by Feldheim. If you never attended yeshiva, don’t start here. Our Lubavitch friends will direct you to Shulchan Arukh HaRav; perhaps they will let you know if it is available in English [It currently is. -Fedora]

I can’t imagine ArtScroll doesn’t have anything, but since I haven’t seen it (them?), I can’t comment.

If you prefer or need to learn on-line, Shema Yisrael and the O-U may be good places to start. You can also Google "Shabbat"; but beware—you never know what you’re going to get when you search the web.

Keep trying the options till you find the one that fits you best. As practical questions come up, consult a competent rabbi.


I would also add the Chabad and Aish HaTorah sites as good places for information.

Tue Feb 14, 10:16:00 PM 2006  

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