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In R.E. we have been looking at Shabbat. Shabbat is a day of rest after working for six days. The celebration begins on Friday at sunset (every week) and ends on the following evening after nightfall. During this time, the Jewish people will not do any form of work. They don't watch T.V. or use any electrical devices. It says in the Torah that Shabbat is a time for resting and being with the family.

Preparations for Shabbat begin on a Friday afternoon. The food is prepared, the house is cleaned and everyone showers and puts on their best clothes.

The Jewish people light a candle 18 minutes before Shabbat starts, and they wave into the candle three times to show God that they're there. The family then say a prayer to thank God for their food and drink.