Consecrating one day of the week for rest was intended to uplift man to a more spiritual existence and remove him from the toil and concerns of daily life. The Sabbath unites Jews everywhere and draws together members of every Jewish community. This special day is characterized by festivity and family. Rest from work is absolute and applies to one's servants and even to animals: "...but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God, thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates" (Exodus 20:10). On Sabbath eve, the women light and bless the candles. The festive meal is accompanied by prayer and song.
The Hebrew inscription "Shabbat Shalom" surrounded by symbols of the Sabbath: two lit candles, a kiddush cup, and the Challa, a braided bread. In the lower margin, the words "shabbath shalom".< p>
A gateway formed by two candles and