The Longest Friday of the Year

June 27, 2014

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, June 27, 2014.

The Longest Friday of the Year

“Short Friday” comes in the darkest part of the winter. That Friday night is the Shabbat that starts earliest of the year... therefore it’s the shortest Friday of the year – the Friday that traditional Jews dread, since it’s the least amount of time of the whole year to prepare for Shabbat. This Erev Shabbat, Friday night, June 27, however, is the opposite: the longest Friday of the year.  Last week, Shabbat started at 8:16 PM. Next week, it will also start at 8:16 PM. But tonight? Tonight Shabbat starts at a whoppingly late 8:17 PM! I guess we should call that “Long Friday,” but, unfortunately, we’ve never given a name to this special day. So... enjoy the extra time! Have an afternoon cup of coffee in a café.

Of course, the flip side of that is that Shabbat is over tomorrow really late, at 9:28 PM (once 3 stars come out). For traditional Jews, that makes going out on a Saturday night somewhat problematic – especially in Israel where Sunday is a normal work day – no matter how late you were out on Saturday night, you still have to be at work or school early Sunday morning.

Notice that the next to last verse is sung in Yiddish!

Shabbat Shalom