Holidays

Shabbat Overview

July 17, 2006, by

The “Aseret HaDibrot,” the “Ten Commandments,” are documented twice in the Five Books of Moses, once in Shemot (20, 2-17) and once in Devarim (5, 6-18), when Moshe is reviewing the Jewish experience in the Desert. In general, the two texts are nearly identical. However, with respect to the Commandment relating to Shabbat, there are […]

A Taste of Light

July 17, 2006, by

Imagine that you are about to take a trip to another world. You are preparing for a most exciting experience. It will be a totally different place, and you are looking forward to things you have never seen or experienced before. But it is different, and you will have to adjust to it. Your experiences […]

The Thirty-Nine Categories of Sabbath Work

July 17, 2006, by

1. Carrying 2. Burning 3. Extinguishing 4. Finishing 5. Writing 6. Erasing 7. Cooking 8. Washing 9. Sewing 10. Tearing 11. Knotting 12. Untying 13. Shaping 14. Plowing 15. Planting 16. Reaping 17. Harvesting 18. Threshing 19. Winnowing 20. Selecting 21. Sifting 22. Grinding 23. Kneading 24. Combing 25. Spinning 26. Dying 27. Chainstitching 28. […]

Sabbath Work

July 17, 2006, by

One of the most confusing things about the Sabbath for most people is the concept of Sabbath work. Many of us think of work as heavy physical labor, or else, as going about our usual occupations. As we have seen earlier, this is not true in the case of the Sabbath. Here, the prohibition is […]

Sabbath Rest

July 17, 2006, by

Many of us realize the importance of the Sabbath, but have confused ideas about how to keep it. After all, rest has many connotations. For some, it may mean a relaxing game of golf. For others, it may be an afternoon watching television. Others may think of rest as reading a good book, painting a […]

Why the Sabbath

July 17, 2006, by

There is a miracle in Shabbos. Even if you have never felt it yourself, it is there. It is one of the most important ingredients of Jewish survival. It is no exaggeration to say that the Jew has survived two thousand years of persecution and humilitation largely because he had the Sabbath. It was one […]