I’d like to share a few lines of Shabbat. Consider reading through them, think about what they mean to you. Perhaps there is one that resonates more then any other?
שמור וזכור – Observe & Remember the Sabbath
Man is a messenger who forgot the message. (Heschel)
“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” (Exodus 20)
The Talmud defines the need for Sabbath candles as “shalom bayit”.
The road to the sacred leads through the secular. (Heschel)
“The Sabbath is not for the sake of the weekdays, the weekdays are for the sake of the Sabbath… it is a palace in time which we build anew every week”
“You shall work during the six days and do all your tasks. But Saturday is the Shabbat to G-d your Lord. Do not do anything that constitutes work.” (Exodus 20:8-10.)
The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things in space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day when we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world. (Heschel)