I am constantly telling my students that Shabbat dinner can be simple. Here is an example from my own life. We have not-quite-moved-into a new home. There is only a little furniture, but we do have running water and electricity, so I decided that tonight was the night for our first Shabbat dinner here. Menu:
- takeout roast chicken – my spouse picked it up at a store that makes tasty chicken
- salad – nothing fancy
- challah – made and brought by a friend (our first Shabbat guest!)
- grapes and dates for dessert
- a bottle of wine
- Kiddush cups
… on a folding table. We have two chairs so I will sit on the exercise ball I brought here to rest my back while moving.
It’s makeshift. It’s ramshackle. It will be very tasty, and it will be shared with a friend. SHABBAT!
My point is, YOU CAN DO THIS.
Now I have to go and see if we have anything for napkins. Shabbat shalom!