Shabbat

Shabbat

  • The 39 Melachos Date: August 25, 2011
    Shabbat is a day of rest and connection with G-d. We obtain this connection and peace of mind  by keeping G-d’s words:  “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy…” (Exodus 20:8) and “guard the Sabbath to keep it holy” (Deuteronomy 5:12). The first instruction, that of “remembering the Sabbath,” refers to positive commandments that were mandated on this special day, such as lighting Shabbos candles, performing the Kiddush ceremony, etc. The second one, to “guard the Shabbos” refers to negative commandments, activities and works from which are must refrain.

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  • A Day of Rest and Holiness Date: June 08, 2011

    In Judaism, there is a distinction between the holy and mundane and the distinction between the two is present in a Jew’s life in what foods he may eat and even what sort of language he uses when he speaks.  This distinction also manifests itself in time as well, with certain periods of time being considered holy and others mundane.  Shabbat is one of those time periods consider to be holy.

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  • Preparations for Shabbat Date: April 16, 2011

    A visit to a Jewish home on a random Friday reveals a tumult of activity preparing for Shabbat – cooking, cleaning, bathing and all sorts of other chaotic activity.  In fact, some people even start their preparations on Thursday night.  To the outsider, the activity seems pointless and could be avoided if Jews would simply only prepare that what they need for each meal and not restrict themselves with all sorts of prohibitions.  However, there is good reason for this activity before Shabbat.

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  • Shabbat Prayers and Unity with G-d Date: February 09, 2011
    One of the more complicated questions regarding Shabbat is how to observe it properly.  This question has numerous facets, from not performing work to studying the Torah and dressing in a different manner than one does during the rest of the week.  One facet that is overlooked is the different prayers that are said during Shabbos that make the day inherently different.

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  • Introduction to Shabbat Date: February 02, 2011
    Life is like a never-ending race; we spend our entire time consumed in toiling towards achieving material success in order to provide our families, and ourselves, with the type of life we deserve. Ironically, the fast pace in which we lead our lives does not allow us to spend quality time with our family and contemplate the nature of our existence on earth; perhaps the meaning of our existence goes beyond making a living and achieving physical comfort?  How can we break out of this cycle of daily grind and set time for the truly important things in life? Jews have had the answer since the beginning of time: Shabbat.

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