Why not bring a piece of evolving Judaism into your week? Each Torah portion is so rich with so much to share! These small shabbat rituals are meant to be just a taste of Torah to connect with on Shabbat. Enjoy for yourself, or share at a Shabbat table near you.


וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃

The LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.

וְאֶֽעֶשְׂךָ֙ לְג֣וֹי גָּד֔וֹל וַאֲבָ֣רֶכְךָ֔ וַאֲגַדְּלָ֖ה שְׁמֶ֑ךָ וֶהְיֵ֖ה בְּרָכָֽה׃

I will make of you a great nation, And I will bless you; I will make your name great, And you shall be a blessing.

Shabbat ritual: Take stock of your life’s journey! Just as Abram awaited his future legacy we may find ourselves waiting for the next best thing. An upcoming transition, or a long awaited adventure. Other times we are cruising along in the constant, a known job, home, and daily life. Changes can be anticipated or sudden, such as when we may experience a loss or illness. Regardless of where you are on your journey, pause to take stock and notice. What are the blessings in your life? How do you facilitate blessings towards others’? Are you someone’s caretaker? partner? parent? child? grandparent? How do you enrich other’s lives with your presence? Make time this Shabbat to thank someone responsible for bringing blessing into your life. Whether written or spoken, we all have someone helping us along life’s journey that is deserving of thanks for how they help us.

Printable sourcesheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/46583