The Sabbath is the holiest of all the Jewish holy days and the most honoured. It is the only one mentioned in the Ten Commandments.
Each Friday night family and friends gather to welcome in and celebrate the Sabbath.
The house must be tidied and cooking and baking must all be prepared before the Sabbath comes in. The Sabbath must be a day of rest.
The table is set with a silver Kiddush cup and candlesticks having the place of honour. Two challahs (twisted loaves of bread) are placed at the head of the table and covered with a decorated embroidered cloth. The woman of the house says a prayer over the candles and the man says a prayer for the Kiddush wine before Sabbath begins, when he returns from synagogue prayers. The cup is passed around the table for everyone to take a sip. The man then says a prayer over the bread and passes a piece dipped in salt to every one around the table. A Special Sabbath meal is then served.
On Saturday morning Jewish people go to Synagogue to pray and return to a Sabbath lunch.