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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Oneg Shabbat

Oneg Shabbat,  (Hebrew: “Joy of Sabbath”), informal Sabbath (or Friday evening) gathering of Jews in a synagogue or private home to express outwardly the happiness inherent in the Sabbath holiday. Now more social than religious, the group entertains itself with music, drama, community discussions, lectures, or the singing of religious melodies—all in keeping with the biblical injunction, “and call the Sabbath a delight” (Isaiah 58:13). Usually refreshments are provided to complement the congenial atmosphere and perpetuate in spirit the Talmud’s recommendation to eat three full meals that day.

Every Friday at Lieberman Oneg Shabbat is celebrated. All of the residents (Jewish and not Jewish) gather in one wing to sing Jewish songs, have grape juice, and eat either Challah or sponge cake. 

I sang as loudly as I could to add to the festiveness of a somewhat absent audience. While helping to collect the empty shot glasses, I wished each person "Shabbat Shalom" or Good Shabbas. I was repaid with many smiles. I continue to be amazed (and am amazed that I say this fairly often) that the Community on the Fifth Floor at Lieberman really makes a difference to everyone who lives there, to those who work there, to those who visit there, and to those who love those who live there!

1 comment:

  1. Michael, I was not aware of the Oneg Shabat celebration. You and Greg look happy to be together. Your spirit and vocal talent makes you a bright star in all the lives that touch the 5th Floor at Lieberman. Shabat Sholom! Howard


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