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 4

Holiness is a force unto itself not to be denied; it enters on its own and exits when it wants to. Knowing that, the wise not only submit to its presence, they also do what they can to welcome it in and escort it out again, and to pay homage to it. That's part of the dynamic behind several of the things we do to celebrate Shabbat.

We greet Shabbat at the door, if you will, by lifting a cup of wine to it and celebrating the fact that "on the seventh day G-d completed the work He had done, ... blessed (it) and hallowed it" (see "Kiddush"). We celebrate its spiritual glory in the course of the day by dedicating the luscious foods we eat to it. And we accompany Shabbat out by speaking about and yearning for the ultimate redemption that Shabbat alludes to as we ask G-d to grant us the "light, gladness, joy, and honor" that will be manifest in the course of the redemption, and to "raise the cup of salvations" at last (see "Havdalah").

And we do this all in full recognition of the signal and palpable ways we experience G-d's presence on Shabbat, and in order to honor the One who gave it to us.


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


 

ARTICLES ON TERUMAH:

View Complete List

We Should Take A Lesson From G-d
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

The Only Thing You Can Take With You Is Your Dining Room Table
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

Ring-Leader!
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

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

The Symbol of the Tabernacle
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Measure Up
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

You Shall Have A Dream
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

A Remedy Before Sickness
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Filler Diamonds
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

ArtScroll

Studying the Mishkan
Shlomo Katz - 5771

For G-d's Sake
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

The World in Miniature
Shlomo Katz - 5775

> Of Givers and Takers
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

A Quantum Leap
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Build Your Own Coffin
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Use Your Giving Muscles
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773



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