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Jewish Holidays

Shabbat: The Holiness of Time

July 17, 2006, by

“Kedusha,” or “holiness,” is a central concept in “Yahadut,” the Hebrew name for Judaism. This is because all holiness which manifests itself in various aspects of the Creation, in actuality or in potential, stems ultimately from G-d, the Creator, the Holy King of the Universe. Why do we call G-d the holy king? Part of […]

Shabbat Overview: The Dual Nature of Shabbat

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 […]

Shabbat: 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 […]

Work on the Sabbath

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 Shabbat. 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 humiliation largely because he had the Sabbath. It was one […]

About Work Restrictions

June 29, 2006, by

All Jewish holidays and observances, with the exception of some fasts, begin on the evening previous to the first day. Except as noted, all require special additional prayers and services are held in the Synagogue. All Jewish Holidays with Sabbath-like restrictions require that all normal business, school or secular activities cease about two hours before […]

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