Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Way of G-d

Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 7: "Intermittent Observances"
Paragraph 3

So, seeing how key Shabbat is to the workings of the universe and to our spiritual stature, as well as to the level of holiness in the world, it should really come as no surprise that we're expected to distinguish Shabbat from the rest of the week. But how? By somehow being otherworldly the whole day long? By perhaps contemplating the universe that Shabbat is so pivotal to?

No. Instead we're asked to do -- and avoid doing -- certain specific things on Shabbat. After all, G-d purposely bound our souls to the physical universe and He asked us to incorporate that realm into the Shabbat, even though the two are antithetical.

But as we just indicated, there are actually two aspects of Shabbat: there are things we *do* to celebrate the holiness of the day, and things we *avoid doing* to leave the unholiness of the week behind. And that plays itself out as follows.

We enable our souls to breathe-in some of the air of Heaven, if you will, while on earth by doing certain specific things to observe the day's holiness (like extending our prayers, resting, enjoying leisurely and resplendent meals, etc.). And we see to it that the soul isn't overwhelmed by unholiness by shunning some of the worldly things on Shabbat that we'd be engaged in the rest of the week (the "39 Malachot").


Text Copyright 2005 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON TERUMAH:

View Complete List

If Properly Prepared
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

Use Your Giving Muscles
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Terumah
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

> No Force Could Ever Frustrate
Rabbi Label Lam - 5775

Seeing is Believing
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Grinding Ground Flour
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

ArtScroll

Support System
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Equally Owned by All
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

How Does One Perceive His Fellow Jew?
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Make Way!
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

Contradictory Descriptions As To How The Menorah Was Made
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

The True "Gift" of Life
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Workout
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Community Funds for Golden Vessels
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

The Divine Expectation
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

Sanctuaries Are Built
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768



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