Shabbat in Vienna

What is Shababt?

Shabbat, or the Sabbath, is the Jewish day of rest and the seventh day of the week. It begins at sundown on Friday night and lasts until nightfall on Saturday. According to Jewish tradition, God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, so the observance of Shabbat is a way of imitating God’s example and setting aside time for rest and spiritual reflection.

During Shabbat, traditional observant Jews refrain from a wide range of activities, including work, driving, writing, and using electricity. The focus is on spending time with family, prayer, and studying the Torah. Many synagogues hold special services on Friday night and Saturday morning, and families often gather for a large meal together on Friday night.

Shabbat is considered a time of holiness and is considered a time to disconnect from the rest of the week. It is a time to focus on family, friends, and community, and to take a break from the demands of daily life.

It is worth noting that the level of observance of Shabbat can vary greatly among different Jewish communities and individuals, with some strictly observing all the rules and others not as much. Also, the halakha (Jewish law) allows for certain exceptions to the Shabbat rules, such as in case of illness or to save human life.

Shabbat is considered the most important Jewish holiday, and the weekly observance of it is one of the most fundamental practices in the Jewish faith.

Chabad offers Shababt meals, as well as the Stadttempel