Kabbalat Shabbat

Alternative Spellings

Kabalat Shabbat

Definitions

  • "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

Etymology

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

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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