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Join a worldwide movement to be ready for Shabbos early - 
experience the "Gift of Chatzos", and change your life

Watch the Zoom meeting with Azriella Jaffe talking about Chatzos. 

The gift of chatzos (mid-day) is the peace, calm, and blessing that descends on a home when most of the Shabbos prep is done by mid-day, and the afternoon is saved for light tasks. Candle lighting remains at the usual time, and melacha (work) is of course permitted until then.  

But how can that happen when so many people work or go to school until the late afternoon? It requires a paradigm shift, and some planning, but people from all walks of life have made it work. The key is to spread Shabbos prep tasks throughout the week, doing something small - or big - each day to prepare for Shabbos.   

So what's the goal? Are we planning to light candles at chatzos and sit around for a few extra hours? Nope. Being ready by chatzos means having the Shabbos table set, most of the food cooked, and having a CALM and PEACEFUL Erev Shabbos. It also means lighting on time (or a few minutes early), not counting the minutes until shekiah (sunset) and running around frantic as the clock ticks by. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

Check out the resources at the top of the page to learn more, and feel free to email us with any questions or comments.

Shabbos Recipes 

GF Almond Flour Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Click here for the recipe in the Leket cookbook, p. 22!

All-in-One Dough Recipe
and 6-braid tutorial!

View the IGTV video @giftofchatzos on Instagram. Click here for the full recipe and notes. 

Chicken Lo Mein

Click here for the recipe from


Olive & Roasted Red Pepper Dip
by S. F. Berkowitz

13 oz jar green olives with pimentos
1 can pitted black olives
8 oz jar roasted red peppers
4 - 6 cloves garlic, peeled

Drain olives and peppers. Process with garlic until chunky. 


Purple Kale & Walnut Pesto
by S. F. Berkowitz

5 stalks purple kale
3-5 garlic cloves
4 oz walnuts
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Wash and dry kale. Tear leaves off ribs. Place in processor with all ingredients, and pulse until ingredients are finely chopped. Cover tightly. 

Fri, January 21 2022 19 Shevat 5782