• Invited to Shabbat? Here's What To Expect

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    modern shabbat table setting

    Invited to Shabbat? In big cities like Los Angeles and New York, you might find a group of modern Jewish adults and their non-Jewish friends gathering for dinner in their favorite restaurant. This dinner is Shabbat and the chef has prepared a special menu for them including a slow-cooked meal, loaves of challah bread and candlelight. These are the modern renditions of the Friday night Shabbat dinner which includes new friends, old traditions, and delicious food.

    Around the world, people are doing the same thing at home. Gathering their closest friends and family or inviting guests who are new to the experience or perhaps aren't Jewish but want to participate in this dining ritual. For those who haven't attended here are the basics:

    Shabbat begins at sunset.

    Two candles are lit: representing the two commandments REMEMBER and OBSERVE.

    There is a festive and leisurely dinner-by candlelight. Then the man of the house says a prayer over the wine sanctifying shabbat.  There will be a prayer recited for eating challah bread and then the family eats dinner.  Foods are usually slow cooked or stewed since cooking is prohibited during shabbat.

     After dinner, the grace is recited to the sounds of upbeat music.

    There is a great blog called theKitchn which is a lifestyle blog and has a fantastic  Shabbat Dinner Menu  which could be served at any time of year. The recipes are ones we love like Moroccan chicken and grilled zucchini. Remember we love all things Moroccan at Faithhaus!

     Now a few suggestions on where to buy your hosting-or gifting- essentials...


     modern shabbat wine cups

    Our modern take on the Kiddush Cup (otherwise known as wine vessel). This simple recycled beauty by Hawkins NYC is modern and timeless. $8 each.



    modern shabbat candlesticks

     Obsessed with this candlestick no matter what the occasion. This is a very stylish set by CeMMent and yes, made from cement and stainless steel. So cool. $90-$112



    shabbat candlesticks beeswax

    Love them with our beautiful beeswax Shabbat candle pair with cotton wicks for a pure burn. $14



    organic challah bread cover

    We suggest buying from your local bakery. But you need something to put your challah on and under. We love these options from Jboutiq. Handwoven by a women's group in Latvia, these linen challah bread covers can do double duty and get softer with age. $35.  Each bread/serving board is a unique slice of Oregon burl maple- no two alike. $30 and up.


     THE CROCK POTcrock pot

     The Crock Pot. The best $35 spent ever. Trust us, if you don't already have a crock pot these are a life changer. The added bonus is no electricity after sundown. Target



    shabbat approved bronzer cosmetics

    Should you want to bring a gift for the glowing host, Beautycounter makes all-natural bronzing compacts that are Shabbat (and Yom Tov)-friendly and the perfect gift to give her that summer glow! $39



    shabbat set hanukkah gift

    This Shabbat Set from yours truly, Faithhaus makes for a thoughtful wedding, Hanukkah, or housewarming gift. Five essentials in one gorgeous set: wine tumbler, challah cover, candlesticks, candle holder, and Shabbat prayer. All handcrafted for $68.


    We hope this helps you understand what goes into and what gets used at a (modern) Shabbat dinner.

    Love & Light

    love faithhaus



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  • Rabbi Approved Cosmetics from Beautycounter

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    In today's world women are looking for natural and organic cosmetics for many reasons-to help the environment and to be good to their bodies are first and foremost.  In addition, some Jewish women look for kosher beauty products when adhering to religious rule that excludes wearing make-up during certain observances. This rule relates to dyeing or smoothing which is not allowed.  There is a caveat according to chabad.org:

    There are some specially-produced powder-only makeups that are approved for Shabbat use by some halachic authorities. Since they are completely dry and do not attach to the skin, they do not fall into the forbidden category of dyeing. And when they are applied correctly -- with a completely dry brush, to completely dry skin -- they do not fall into the category of smoothing. It is also necessary to avoid mixing two color powders, even merely by using the same brush for both or by applying them to the same part of the skin. In order to be considered permissible on Shabbat, the makeup must be used exactly according to directions.

    Kosher beauty products have become more available as many Jews become more modern and many companies adhere to the principles necessary to become rabbi approved. Beautycounter was recently certified by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein of Beth Joseph Congregation in Phoenix, AZ.  Here are the rabbi-approved beauty products for sale at Beautycounter...


    Color Sweep Blush Duo
    Color Sweep Blush Duo $36 We like the Tawny/Whisper combination for Fall with the nice bronzy color on one side and the perfect wind-kissed pink on the other.


    Color Contour Matte Bronzer
    Color Contour Matte Bronzer $36 Use No. 1 for lighter skin color and the No.2 for darker. Below the cheeks, along the temples and a touch on the bridge of the nose for a post summer glow during dark winter days.


    Color Shade Eye Duo
    Color Shade Eye Duo $30. Shown here in Peach/Bronze which we think complement our earlier bronz-y pics for giving you the lift you need over the holidays. Use the bronze in the crease or along the lash-line and highlight with the peach or sweep across the lid. Try the peach on top of cheekbones for a shimmering lift? Just a thought....

    Mattify Skin Finishing Powder
    Mattify Skin Finishing Powder $34. Now that we have become obsessed with contouring we are equally obsessed with finishing powders. You want to lightly dust your face with this to take away too much sheen and to create an overall finished look. Love.


    Beautycounter goes above and beyond with all of their products. They wouldn’t have received the rabbi’s approval for their beauty products without their commitment to be a beauty brand that puts your health first.  To purchase click here

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