The key to a meaningful Shabbat experience is that it shouldn’t feel just like “any other day.” Rather, we want to create a special mood. This means getting dressed up in our nicest (or favorite) clothes, buying or preparing our favorite foods, and setting aside uninterrupted time to reflect and appreciate what our lives are really all about.
How do we break loose from the whirling weekday pattern and get into a “Shabbat-state-of-mind”? The key is to remove outside distractions. If you’re just beginning, try going through all of Friday night with no canned entertainment: no TV, no radio, no movies. If you’re really brave, no telephone either! This helps pull us out of the regular weekday cycle, and propel us into “The Shabbat Dimension.”
This section discusses the basic steps of turning Friday night into Shabbat.