Why is there a special requirement to experience pleasure on the day of Shabbat, like enjoying a delicious and elegant Shabbat meal? What do the different Shabbat delicacies represent? Rabbi Chaimowitz discusses the depth and meaning behind the laws and customs regarding the Shabbat meals
I Began to Observe the Sabbath and Found It Takes Care of Me
Many surfers continue to share their feelings with their fellow Jews ahead of the World Sabbath celebrated in October
The Mitzva of Kiddush - Part 1
What is the significance of making Kiddush on Shabbat? Rabbi Chaimowitz explains the meaning of Kiddush and the Laws regarding the preparations and fulfillment of this unique Mitzvah
The Mitzva of Kiddush - Part 2
Our Sages instituted that we make a proclamation over wine when Shabbat enters. Why specifically over wine and not any other beverage? Rabbi Chaimowitz illustrates the unique qualities of wine and the Laws regarding the Kiddush cup and wine
The Mitzva of Kiddush - Part 3
Why do some Jews have the custom to smell sweet-smelling cense on Friday night before the meal? What's the reason behind welcoming the Heavenly Angles every Shabbat? How do we perform the Mitzvah of Kiddush correctly?
Shabbat Preparations - Part 5
What can we do right before Shabbat, in order to accept this Holy day in the best possible way? We must reach a mindset that will enable us to feel and experience God's presence. How do we accomplish this?
Lighting a Fire on Shabbat
In this short lecture, Rabbi Zamir Cohen sheds light on the concept of "working" on the Sabbath. Are the Sabbath laws still relevant in our modern world? What is work? How is it defined? What is considered work?
The Delight of Shabbat & Candle Lighting
In this lecture, Rabbi Zamir Cohen teaches the laws of candle-lighting
Laws of Muktzeh - Part 1 & the Book "Nefesh Hachaim"
In this two part lecture, Rabbi Zamir Cohen details the 4 categories pertaining to the laws of Muktze on the Sabbath; That is, what it is that we're allowed to move on the Sabbath and what we are not permitted to move/touch on the Sabbath. The second part is a brief lesson from the famous work of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, "Nefesh Hachaim".
The Two Levels of Shabbat Observance
There are two aspects to observing Shabbos - one is refraining from forbidden creative activity, and the other is making Shabbos a positive spiritual experience
Shabbat – Resting the Way God Rests
It is essential to develop an understanding of the idea of 'rest' that is so central to this holy day. It is not sufficient to merely do nothing, rather we also must emulate Hashem's rest. In what way can we do this?
Laws of Cooking on Shabbat
Shabbat - The Source of Blessing
What is the connection between observing the Sabbath and a good livelihood? How do we explain the relevance of the Sabbath laws in today's day and age? How do we respond to those having a hard time with their Sabbath observance? All this and more in the following lecture by Rabbi Zamir Cohen
Extending the Influence of Shabbat
It is so important that we all attempt to make the Shabbat influence stretch over as much of the work-week as possible