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 LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Go Away!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Better A Second Time Around
Shlomo Katz - 5767

Emunah: Keeping the Faith
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

ArtScroll

Neither a Thread Nor a Shoelace
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

Mission Impassable
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

The Kindness Factor
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

From Egypt to Israel
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Reward May Come
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Entering the Land of Canaan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

> The Grand Prize of History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Universal Responsibility
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

The Standers and the Walkers
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Lotís and Lots of Opportunities
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

A House or a Home?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

Once a Jew, Always a Jew
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Redefining Pleasure
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 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