• 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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  • A Modern Menorah: 5 Styles

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    When it comes to holidays and decorating everyone has a different approach. Some people have bins of holiday decor that they swap out with their current everyday decorating pieces.  Others, like us, pull out the necessities and go for a 'less is more' approach. We haven't decided if that's an aesthetic decision or based on our hectic holiday schedules:)

    A staple for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is the menorah. The menorah is a like an elaborate candle holder with nine spots- 1 set apart for the samash (a prominent lit candle) which is used to light the other eight candles. The eight candles are lit one day at a time starting with the first day of Hanukkah and ending on the last day when the whole menorah will be lit.

    We have found five exquisite modern menorahs to fit with your style and theme. Shop on!



    We love the organic shape of this Branch Menorah made by Anat Basanta. Made of brass and inspired by nature- if your style is more woodsy and natural this is the perfect fit. $75 at Jboutiq


    Hanukkah - Ceramic Elephant Menorah


    With it's beach-y vibe this cute elephant could blend into your white on white chateau. Jonathon Adler makes holidays fun and we love this elephant design modern menorah. $128


    Sleek and modern- one might miss this as a menorah if it wasn't filled with candles. From March SF this gorgeous piece isn't cheap at $2500 but made from polished brass to last a lifetime and beyond.


    Unique, minimalist and very modern. The menorah from Marmol Radziner is made from walnut for an organic look and sold at Dwell which adds a hipster vibe. $140


    There is something Old World about this beautiful menorah from Stil Novo Design. Made from recycled materials you can feel good about the environment while celebrating your Hanukkah! $295

    Mazel Tov from Faithhaus!

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  • Modern Shabbat – The Jewish Friday Night Dinner

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    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 […]

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