The Shabbat Connection
In the Shabbat morning prayer we say, “And the Jewish People shall observe the Shabbat, to do (la’asot in Hebrew) the Shabbat throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant. It is a sign between Me and the Jewish People for all time, that in six days
Let’s examine these words more closely and try to understand:
- How are we, the Jewish People, connected to our Creator through Shabbat, i.e. how does observing Shabbat establish the connection between us?
- Why do the words in verse that we say state “to do Shabbat”, instead of to “observe Shabbat”, “remember Shabbat” or “keep Shabbat”? “Doing Shabbat sounds “hip” perhaps, but what special message does it convey?
- And in what sense in Shabbat an “ot” — a sign — between
G-dand the Jewish People that we recognize Him as the Creator all existence?
What is the Jew’s connection to Shabbat? A midrash teaches that when
How can we understand that humans are paired with a day? Apples and oranges, as different as they may be, are still in the same category, as they are both fruits. But how can Shabbat being mated with Jewish People? How can a 24-hour period of time be married to a group of human beings?
It’s important that we note that the verse does not say “b’sheshet yamim (in six days)
Shabbat is not a day like the other days. In fact, it is not really a “day” at all. The Torah doesn’t state about Shabbat “V’yehi erev v’yehi boker” like it does regarding the other six days. There was no evident creation during that 24-hour period.There was just “rest”.
By not doing any creative act and mentally entering into the eternity that is the Shabbat day we connect with