Kitchen

Shabbat Kitchen

World of Judaica offers an impressive collection of Kitchen items to enhance your Shabbat. Browse through sophisticated tablecloths, challah boards, challah covers, and challah knives.

Challah Knives

Browse through World of Judaica's excellent variety of Challah knives for your Shabbat table. Challah Knives make for a wonderful gift to family and friends.

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Tablecloths

World of Judaica offers unique tablecloths to design your Shabbat table. Search through our collection of tablecloths and find the perfect design for your family.

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Challah Boards

Find the highest quality Challah boards here, made of wood and other materials. Bless your Challah for Shabbat on one of these beautiful boards.

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Challah Covers

Our selection of Challah covers include a variety of Jerusalem and Shabbat designs. These Challah covers will make your Shabbat table stand out and help beautify the Shabbat.

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Shabbat Kitchen

Most people do not think of kitchen items as being fancy items that reflect religious beliefs. In Judaism, however, where everything relates to Judaism on some level, kitchen items can be decorated for that reason. For this reason, it is possible to find unique Judaica items that are simple kitchen items, such as trays, knives and serving pieces. You can find many of these items on World of Judaica.

Looking for a housewarming gift? Look at World of Judaica’s selection of trays decorated with a traditional depiction of Jerusalem or a Hamsa. Such a tray would be a great pleasure to any couple with an affiliation with traditional Judaism or Israel. As an alternative, a honey dish would be a great gift that could be used for different purposes including as a sugar and honey dish for Rosh HaShana.

Because Sterling Silver is so popular amongst Jews and is commonly used in Judaica items, even simple serving trays are often sterling silver and decorated with fancy floral patterns around the outside along the handles. These trays are a great gift idea for either a wedding or a housewarming party and bound to be passed along as an heirloom.

If you would like an item that is totally different, browse our selection of fancy bread knives which depict Jewish themes and items, such as Jerusalem, the 7 species, Hamsas and embedded colored crystals representing the 12 Tribes of Israel. Some of these knives also have the blessing made prior to eating bread engraved into the handle. World of Judaica also has metal trivets shaped like pomegranates and fish, two traditional symbols of good luck in Judaism. These items make for great Jewish Wedding presents.

Shabbat is a time of rest and reflection, filled with blessings and prayers that differ from the rest of the week. It is important to beautify the Shabbat with both kitchen items and synagogue items such as lovely Tallits. To find out more about the uses of different Judaica items, visit our education pages. If you have questions about World of Judaica’s kitchen items, Contact Us and we will be happy to address your concerns and questions.

Shabbat Kitchen Guide

Shabbat is the holy day of rest in which Jews are prohibited from working. There are many different categories of work, but the main ones are cooking, writing, and using electricity. Shabbat involves many traditions and rituals commanded by G-d. These include the blessings involved in the festive meals. There are blessings for lighting candles, drinking wine, washing hands, before eating, and many more.

Kitchen items that are crucial for honoring the Sabbath and fulfilling these blessings include tablecloths, Challah knives, Challah boards and Challah covers.

Tablecloths

An important aspect of Shabbat is beautifying the holiday in any way possible. This may include dressing your finest or using the fanciest china on the table. Shabbat is an important day that should be recognized and honored. Additionally, it is customary to invite guests over for the three meals of Shabbat: the Friday night Shabbat dinner, Saturday Shabbat lunch, and Seudah Shlishit third meal.

The table should look beautiful to both honor the Sabbath and be a lovely display for guests.

Tablecloths can be made of linen and velvet materials. The most common table cloth color is white, as a reference to the Shabbat bride. Tablecloths can feature embroidery designs and often display the words 'Shabbat Shalom' or 'Shabbat ve Yom Tov' in Hebrew.

Challah Knives

The 'Hamotzi' refers to the blessing over the Challah that is said on Shabbat. The blessing over the Challah is said after 'Netilat Yadayim' the ritual washing of the hands. There are two loaves of braided Challah bread placed on the table to represent the two loaves of Manna G-d gave to the Jews after their Exodus from Egypt. It is tradition to cover the loaves of Challah until the blessing is said and it can be eaten. Different families have different customs as to how to cut the bread and whether it should be dipped in salt or not.

Challah knives are long in nature and usually feature designs such a braided challah or the Hebrew words of the Hamotzi blessing.

Challah Boards & Covers

The two loaves of braided Challah are covered on the table until their blessing is said. The reason for this is that there is a specific order of the blessings on Shabbat. The wine is blessed before the Challah, but the bread still holds importance. Therefore, it should not be revealed until it the time is appropriate. The Hamotzi blessing is said over the Challah and then cut to serve to family and guests. The Challah must be cut with a specific Challah knife on a heavy duty Challah board.

Challah covers are usually made of cloth in white and sometimes feature the words of the Hamotzi blessing or read 'Shabbat Shalom'. Challah boards are most often made of wood and some include a holder to store the Challah knife.

For More Information

For more information about Shabbat Kitchen Items or other Judaica items, feel free to contact our Judaica experts with any questions or concerns.

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