Shabbat Preparation Checklist

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Preparing For Shabbat

Here are some suggestions (these are NOT halachot!) of what to prepare in advance of Shabbat. Add or delete to suit your needs!

Candle Lighting

____ Check candle lighting time

____ Set the candles in their holders (and have matches nearby)

Set the Table

____ Set the table, including the challa and its cover and the wine cup.

Kitchen Preparation

____ Sharpen knives

____ Tear paper towels

____ Refrigerator: Turn off or unscrew lights; disconnect any LEDs or fans

____ Set up blech

____ Set up hot water urn

____ Turn off stove, oven

Food Preparation

____ Thaw frozen meat, fish, and other food that might take hours to defrost before being cooked

____ Cook whatever can be cooked ahead of time on Thursday night, Friday morning, or earlier in the week

____ Squeeze lemons; do any other boreir-type preparations

____ Chill wine

____ Open bottles and cans that will be needed on Shabbat

____ Prepare tea essence


____ Make beds

____ Sweep or vacuum

____ Dump garbage


____ Do laundry

____ Empty pockets of muktza (or if there is no eruv, of everything!)

____ For men: set out Shabbat talit


____ Check that nothing you will need is beneath a muktza item

Personal Care

____ Cut hair and nails, if needed

____ For men, shave or trim beard and mustache, if needed

____ Tear dental floss

____ Tear toilet paper or put out tissues in bathrooms

____ Open any new boxes of tissues


____ Set heat or air conditioning

____ Turn on or off lights, or set timers for them

____ If desired, turn off or disconnect:


____ Cellphones and phones

____ Computers

____ Microwave detectors

____ Other electronics


____ Check that the eruv (if any) is good

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