Shabbat is an antidote to loneliness, an ancient communal wellness practice. Rooted in the foundational texts of Judaism, welcoming guests and being a guest are expressions of radical hospitality that honor the essential value in every human being (kavod ha’briot) and create opportunities for connection in the modern world. During COVID, it can mean checking in with your community, [etc, good words].
The Most Ancient ~Wellness~ Ritual
Shabbat, much like yoga or meditation for some, is an act of rebellion against a constantly moving world. We bring ritual to the table not because we have to, but because disconnecting in order to intentionally connect, separate from the work week, and build community is holy – and really good for you.
Our work creates an opportunity for everyone to better engage in their own work. Taking intentional time each week to recharge means everyone can return to their work (whether corporate, justice-oriented, creative, or otherwise) with fresh energy and focus.
Dinner Description Glow Up
Sometimes, writing is hard. But we hope that writing a dinner description can be a moment of reflection, light, gratitude, or acknowledgement that brings extra meaning to Friday nights. Whether you’re Shabbating for the first time (or the first time in a long time) and need some inspiration to make it feel meaningful, or you’re Shabbating every week and need a way to make each dinner distinct, here are some of my favorite ways to glow up a dinner description.
Virtual Game Shabbat
One of the best things about Friday night is gathering with friends and bonding over a shared activity — be that wine tasting, movie night, or board games. In the time of social distancing, that becomes harder…but even if you’re alone, you can enjoy the fun of shouting an answer through the interwebs in hopes your teammates will figure it out.
Last Minute Hosting Tips
You’re hosting a Shabbat dinner, and unless you have supernatural powers (and hey, maybe that’s you) things might be getting a little stressful. We pulled tips and tricks together from the OneTable fam about how to welcome Shabbat with a little more ease.
So, you wanna plan a Shabbat dinner...
Whether you’re one month out, or moments away from your friends knocking on your door, we know that a lot goes into Shabbat dinner prep. Use our timeline to make sure that you’re able to check boxes along the way … and enjoy the planning process.
Michael Solomonov Talks (+ Cooks!) Shabbat Dinner
Five-time James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov leads us virtually for a conversation and cooking demo with Jewish Food Influencer & OneTable Board Member/Superhost Jake Cohen. They had a little something to say about the power of Shabbat… you’ll want to hear this.
Shabbat Swaps: Best Hacks for When You're Missing Ingredients
If you’re anything like the OneTable Team, you spend the week before each Shabbat dinner scouring the Internet (oh hey, Bon Appetit) for the perfect recipes to make your guests. You may also be having a hard time finding the ingredients you need to make the perfect meal right now, but you *can* cook with what you have! Here are some key swaps you need whether you’re making challah, matzo ball soup, chocolate chip cookies or anything else.
Slow Cooking Shabbat
We know it can be daunting to prepare a meal for Friday night. How will you cook everything after a long workday? How can you ensure your dishes are perfectly timed and nice and hot when served?