Home Is Where the Start Is

As Emily Dickenson wrote, “some keep the Sabbath going to church, I keep it staying at home.” While many think of religious life as revolving around the rabbi and the synagogue, in many ways the home is at the center of Jewish religious life. Home is where we mark the beginning of Shabbat by lighting our candles and where we gather with friends and family to eat our Shabbat meals. We bring holiness into each room of our home by marking our doorposts with mezuzot containing the words of the Shema. Home is where the most observed and arguably the most central ritual of our tradition takes place, the Passover seder. We create intentionality around the food we cook and serve in our home through practices of kashrut.

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By Posted in State of Formation on Feb 7, 2011

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Author: Adina