What is the significance of the Sabbath in the Jewish faith?

For six days Jews labor and do all of their work, but the seventh day, Shabbat (Hebrew for Sabbath), is a day of rest from the demands of the business world.  Jews are supposed to focus on their spiritual being and the meaning of their lives.  Shabbat is patterned after the creation of the world – God created the world in six days, and on the seventh day He rested. The Sabbath begins as two candles are lit on the Friday night as the sun is going down by the woman of the household. The family then sits down to a festive Sabbath meal. The family meal must be happy, so before eating, a special prayer over the wine (a “Kiddush”) is recited to acknowledge God as the Creator and the day as holy.  The family then says a special prayer over the “challah,” the special braided bread, which symbolizes the intertwining and connectedness of this holy day. Shabbat lasts through Saturday evening at sunset when another special candle is lit (called the “havdalah” candle) which symbolizes the separation of the holy day from the rest of the work week. Shabbat allows Jews the time to rediscover their family and friends.  Very observant Jews will not turn on the TV or answer the phone. Jewish families will go to synagogue, take the time to talk with family, sing, feast, pray and study.