Lesson 5: Secrets of the Shabbat Meals

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Connecting To Shabbat

Lesson 5: Secrets of the Shabbat Meals


Published: December 12, 2013
Originally recorded: July 11, 2010

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Lesson Highlights

  • The Thirteen Attributes
  • Repenting after midnight until  dawn when we can connect to divine inspiration
  • Achieving divine inspiration with the help of Friday night of Shabbat 
  • The secret of repentance
  • Connecting to divine inspiration and creating union of our upper soul and our lower soul through Arvit
  • The first meal of Shabbat; meal comes from the  Hebrew sa’da meaning support
  • Providing sustenance to the level of union just created
  • Every aspect of the meal and the number seven
  • The songs of the  meal:  Atkinu or  “feast of the fields of holy apples”
  • Meditating on being in the court yard of the Ari
  • Singing Atkinu is connecting Netzach, Hod and Yesod
  • Soul and body of Shabbat: prayers and meals
  • Overcoming the Opponent requires both our body and soul
  • Singing Kol Mekadesh and connecting to the soul and essence of Shabbat
  • The Ari’s writings about Shabbat center on the secrets of Friday night
  • Meditation for chewing our food
  • Creating an area for spiritual study on Shabbat: Staying awake after midnight on Friday to study and elevate our soul


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One of the most powerful tools we can use to use to remove our ego and eliminate chaos from our lives is Shabbat or the Sabbath. While many of us have an idea of what Shabbat may or may not be, the kabbalists explain that connecting to Shabbat is an essential part of our spiritual work. Learn how to strengthen your connection to Shabbat and energize your entire week!


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