Make Shabbos Beautiful

“Shabbos should also be attractive, not oppressive. We should not force children to sit at the Shabbos table for an entire meal. This is too difficult for them, and it is especially hard when guests visit and the meal extends for hours. There are parents who insist on their children’s presence at the table ESPECIALLY when guests visit, so that they can display how well-trained their children are. This is inadvisable. When it is appropriate for the children to stay at the table, we can attract them with beautiful stories about the weekly parashah, or stories about tzaddikim, or anything else that creates a fascinating experience and draws them into the event. Children should yearn for Shabbos.”

-Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, PLANTING AND BUILDING, p. 54

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