Kabbalat Shabbat


Kabbalat Shabbat (kah-bah-LAHT shah-BAHT) listen


  • n. "Special prayers and songs included as part of Friday night services to welcome in Shabbat."

Example Sentences

  • "Are you going to Kabbalat Shabbat this Friday night?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • קבלת שבת 'lit. receiving of the Sabbath; opening Friday evening service of the Sabbath'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      Kabalat Shabbat


  • While technically "kabbalat Shabbat" refers to the first portion of the Friday night service, the common usage refers to the entire Shabbat service

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