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Everything You Need To Know About Shabbat Meals

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This Jewish day of rest begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. On Friday night, the Jewish family moves from everyday life to a more spiritual era. The dining table is in a high place, and families often sing, eat Shabbat meals, and share inspiring ideas.

Similarly, they light candles before meals and talk about children’s blessings on wine. Another blessing is usually next before giving the chalice to everyone at the table. Additionally, Jewish parents often congratulate their children before eating.

Anniversary dinners are usually multi-course, including bread, fish, soup, meat and/or poultry, side dishes, and desserts. The menus are very diverse, but some traditional dishes are a rest day favorite.

Typical Shabat Meals

  • Bread
    Challah bread is part of the Sabbath family etiquette and is also a meal, usually made from a sweet white powder, typically rich in eggs and fat.
    It is traditionally woven and has a cover of beaten eggs to make it look bright. Surrounded by folklore and infused with symbolism, Challah is a traditional bread for Saturdays and other holidays.
  • Fish
    Gefilte fish is usually an appetizer for Saturday dinners. It is not a fish, but a fish dish that you cook in a certain way with various fish types (such as carp, spear, and whitefish). Moreover, the word “gefilte” means to wrap in Yiddish.
    Besides, the original Eastern European recipe removes fish from the skin, mixes it with other ingredients such as mashed potatoes, eggs, onions, and carrots, then stuffs it into the skin and bake it in the oven. Nowadays, fish meat is usually in a mixture with other ingredients, bagged, and refrigerated.
  • Soup
    Chicken broth is a classic Jewish delicacy, usually served with a bowl of leafless bread at Saturdays’ dinner. Moreover, Matzo Ball is typically Matzo Meatball Soup and is a light dumpling made from Matzo flour, eggs, water, and oil similar to chicken fat. It is not uncommon to include noodles and matzo balls in the soup.
  • Meat
    According to Jewish recipes, not all recipes are suitable for eating on the Sabbath because the meat must be pre-cooked, stored in the refrigerator, and reheated under unusual circumstances the next day. Besides, grilled chicken, grilled breast meat, and slow-cook meat are usually good classics.
  • Side Dishes
    Kugel is similar to the main food casserole of Ashserazy Jewish cuisine. Ingredients include pasta or potatoes, cheese, fruits, and/or vegetables. Kugel can be salty or sweet, which is perfect for dining on Saturdays. Similarly, other Shabbat side dishes usually include grilled vegetables, cereal dishes, and salads.
  • Sweets and Deserts
    According to Jewish recipes, desserts in Shabat’s diet should be moderate. This means that dairy products and meat products cannot be included. Interestingly, eggs from Kosher chicken are good. Many cakes, biscuits, pies and pies recipes, and kosher bakeries with these sweets can be found in many towns.


At Shawarma Vegas, we provide Shabat meals for our customers who are in need. You can order these foods for delivery on your day of rest.

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