Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Special Days

60: Resting on Shabbos

"On the seventh day you shall rest." (Shemos 23:12)

It is a mitzvah to refrain from all forms of creative work on Shabbos, in order to demonstrate that Hashem is the Creator and Controller of the entire universe. There are thirty-nine primary forms of labor which we are obligated to refrain from on Shabbos.

This mitzvah is the fourth of the Ten Commandments, which are listed twice in the Torah, once in Parshas Yisro and once in Parshas Va'eschanan. The wording is slightly different the second time around. The first time it says, "Remember the day of Shabbos" (see mitzvah 59 above), while the second time it says, "Guard the day of Shabbos." Our Sages explain that "remember" refers to the positive mitzvos of eating and celebrating, while "guard" refers to avoiding work. Both words were said by Hashem at the same time to teach us that we need to perform both aspects of the mitzvah in order to gain all of the intended benefits from Shabbos.

"Shabbos is equal to all of the other mitzvos." (Rashi, Bemidbar 15:41)


Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON YOM KIPPUR:

View Complete List

The Taste of Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Saying Is Believing
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Uniquely Jewish
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

I am a Work in Progress
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

The Fast of Gedalya
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Merits, Middles and Majorities
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Ideas for Inspiration
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Jonah's Dilemma
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Commandment of Confession
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

> Teshuvah: Changes
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5769

Thoughts About Prayer Before Yom Kippur
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Time to Return
Shlomo Katz - 5768

ArtScroll

Yom Kippur - Getting In Touch With Ourselves
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Body and Soul
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Your Personal Inner Sanctum
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5764

I Want To Come Home, But I Don't Know If Dad Will Let Me In
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 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