Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 72:4-6
The Sanctity of the Sabbath

4. [Exodus 20:8] states: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." This implies that one should remember the Sabbath and sanctify it each day. [For example,] if one finds a choice type of food that is not generally available - and it will keep until the Sabbath - one should buy it to honor the Sabbath.

On Friday, one should rise early to purchase one's Sabbath needs. One may even purchase them before reciting one's morning prayers, provided doing so does not cause one to be late for the communal service.

Generally, it is preferable to purchase articles for the Sabbath on Friday, rather than on Thursday. If, however, the preparation of the article requires time, it is preferable to purchase it on Thursday. Whenever one buys anything for this purchase, he should specifically say that he is purchasing it "to honor the Sabbath."

Ezra ordained that one should launder one's clothes on Thursday in honor of the Sabbath. This should not be done on Friday, since then, one must be involved in [preparing for the other] needs of the Sabbath.

5. It is a mitzvah incumbent on every individual, even one who has several servants, to perform some activities himself in honor of the Sabbath. Thus, we find that Rav Chisda would personally slice his vegetables in to thin slices. Rabboh and Rav Yosef would chop trees for firewood. Rav Zeira would kindle the fire and Rav Nachman would tidy the house, bringing in the utensils he needed for the Sabbath and taking out those used during the week.

The behavior of these sages should serve as an example to every individual, teaching him that such activities are not beneath his dignity. On the contrary, he is honored by honoring the Sabbath.

6. It is customary in all Jewish homes to bake bread in honor of the Sabbath. Surely, this applies in homes where, during the week, bread is purchased from a non-Jewish baker. On the holy Sabbath, we should serve bread which has been baked by a Jew.

Even in homes where, during the week, bread is purchased from a Jewish baker, in honor of the Sabbath it is proper to bake at home. In this manner, the women will be able to fulfill the mitzvah of separating challah [which shares an intrinsic connection to Friday]:

Adam, the first man, was created on Friday. He was considered as the Challah of the world. Through his wife's sin, he was ruined. Therefore, it is proper for women to compensate for and correct this manner.

Three loaves should be baked: a large one, an intermediate one, and a small one. The intermediate one should be used for the evening meal, the large one for the meal of the day to show that the greatest honor should be paid to the day, and the smallest one for the third meal.

BackSanctity of the Sabbath
Paragraphs 1-3
      Sanctity of the Sabbath
Paragraphs 7-9
Next
Table of Contents

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2000 ProjectGenesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON VAESCHANAN:

View Complete List

Perscription for Happiness
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5762

The Long Journey to the Heart
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Starting With the Best Materials
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

> Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Twice the Responsibility
Shlomo Katz - 5768

The Wiser We Will Be
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Formula to Achieve Contentment
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

How Can We Be Comforted?
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

How Wise We Would Be
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

The Trust Of Truth
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

ArtScroll

I Have Just Begun to See
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

No Disappointments
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

With Your Own Ears
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Dont Judge G-d
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5775



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information