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What may I bring my host on Shabbat?


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Rabbi E: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment..., but you should know, I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE!

guest: What should I bring to Shabbat meal if I am arriving after shabbat starts and only for the meal?

Rabbi E: hi and welcome

Rabbi E: in that case u should only bring a smile (since we may not carry in a public domain on Shabbat)

Rabbi E: of course u can always send something ahead and have it delivered earlier

guest: ok.

guest: thank you

Rabbi E: y/w

[Ed. note: Read about "What's the deal with carrying on Shabbat?" and also "What can I do for my wonderful Shabbat hosts?"]

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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.