5 (more) ways to have a Jewish summer

July 18, 2017

Summer is sweet, but oh so fleeting. In just a few weeks, school resumes and we’ll all be back on the treadmill, battling Atlanta traffic. Here are some more ideas about using the last days of summer to try out some Jewish practices that can really lift your spirit.

  1. Read a Jewish book. The Jewish Book Council has great recommendations for adults, across all subject categories, plus suggestions for book clubs.
  2. Bless your children or grandchildren at the Shabbat table. The traditional table blessing — one for boys and one for girls — comes from the priestly benediction (Numbers 6:24-26). Recite it in English, or in Hebrew. Not sure of the words? Hear the blessing recited in Hebrew on this audio-file.
  3. Cultivate gratitude! There’s a teaching that every Jew should recite 100 blessings a day. Why not start with just one, like the blessing for bread, hamotzi, Here are the words.
  4. Join other intown families on August 5, 6-10 pm, for a free showing of ‘Sing’ under the stars at Candler Park Movie Night! Pack up the cooler, kids and a blanket to enjoy a pre-movie picnic. RSVP for this event here.
  5. Learn about the observance of Tisha B’Av, a solemn day of fasting that is often overlooked because it falls in the summer — this year on August 1.

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