• December 2, 2022
  • 8 5783, Kislev
  • פרשת ויצא

Making Early Shabbat

Making Early Shabbat

During the winter months Jews everywhere wish there were more minutes in the day to fit in all the last minute Shabbat preparations before sundown. In the summer months there’s a lot more time but the Shabbat festivities can run very late. Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman as he explores the halachot regarding starting Shabbat earlier on Friday evening.

June 15, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Making Early Shabbat: Making Early Shabbat
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Hello Everyone

Now that the restrictions on travelling due to the COVID epidemic have ended (baruch Hashem) people are travelling again. And people for whom this is now summer  look to go to places that enjoy cooler temperatures. This often means that they travel to far northern latitudes. While this enables travelers to enjoy spectacular vistas there are Halachic quandaries that arise in these far away destinations.

Today’s quandary is what time may one “begin” Shabbat? In a city such as Stockholm   the sun sets during the month of July at about 9 PM. When families with small children are touring there it is clealry difficult to have them wait until so late in the day to have Kiddush and a Shabbat meal?

So in today’s session we will see how much flexibility exists regarding the beginning of Shabbat.

June 22, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Making Early Shabbat: Making Early Shabbat
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Hello Everyone,

Last week we discussed the subject of making “early Shabbat” during the summer in northern latitudes. Today we will discuss the more extreme scenario  of determining when is Shabbat in the polar regions when there is 24 hours of daylight in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter.

June 29, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Making Early Shabbat: Making Early Shabbat
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Hello Everyone

Over the past two weeks we have learned the Halachot regarding “Early Shabbat”- the acceptance of Shabbat well before the setting of the sun.

Today we will learn what to do if you need to change your plan. Let’s say you have everything set up for Shabbat during your vacation in Trondheim, Norway (sunset today in Trondheim is 11:34 PM). Let’s also say you lit Shabbat candles at about 9:00 PM and at 9:30 PM your roommates from collège burst in and say “Surprise!!” Can you cook and bake for your old chums ( who not surprisingly brought nothing to eat)? Can קבלת שבת  be undone?

We will discuss this today.

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.