Shabbat dinners are not the same: “Large gatherings on Friday nights are out, but baking challah is on the rise”

How the Pandemic Is Reshaping Shabbat Dinner
by Leah Koenig
August 4, 2020

In the warmer months, some people have moved Shabbat meals outside—to the backyard, the front porch, an apartment rooftop, or the park—allowing them to share a socially distant meal with another person or small group. Others have expanded their nuclear family into pods they consistently gather with for meals. But the crowded, boisterous dinner table of pre-pandemic life feels, for now, to be a thing of the past. With fewer guests to cook for, some people have experienced a drop in motivation. “It is hard for me to make my normal special food when it is just four people,” said Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein who lives with her husband and two sons in Brooklyn. READ MORE

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