Last time we went so long without a Shabbat Yom Kippur was 24 years ago; the next scheduled Shabbat Yom Kippur after a 7-year break is 20 years from now. Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat 32% of the time, but the gap from one Shabbat Yom Kippur to the next varies. Why mention all this? Well, one reason is for the readers who enjoy statistics. But the real reason is to help focus and underline the fact that Yom Kippur and Shabbat combine to an unbelievably powerful Kedusha-filled day. As we say in each of the five t'filot of the day, G-d: You gave us - with love - Shabbat for rest and sanctity, and Yom Kippur for pardon, forgiveness, and atonement, and to pardon - on this day - all our sins - with love. This second B'AHAVA is added when YK is Shabbat. As holy as Yom Kippur is, it is Shabbat that we link with Kedusha.
By the way, the title of this "tidbit" is based upon the fact that the term Shabbat Shabbaton is used in the Torah for Shabbat as often (or more) as it is used for Yom Kippur. The prohibitions of Melacha are the same for Shabbat and Yom Kippur (with a difference in punishment potential). Shabbat and Yom Kippur do not clash, even though this is the only Shabbat without wine, challot, meals. And even though we don't say Avinu Malkeinu and a few other things. They complement each other. Each of these special days is certainly capable of standing alone. But the combination of the two (not to mention observing them in Eretz Yisrael with its Kedusha), is something to marvel at. And appreciate. And use to the fullest. We are always charged and challenged to rise to higher levels of Kedusha, as individuals and as a people. Our commitment to HaShem, to His Torah and Mitzvot can be, should be motivation enough... but this Shabbat Yom Kippur - just think about it, and let it reach heart and soul. G'MAR CHATIMA TOVA.