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Keeping Shabbat

English: Shabbat Candles Deutsch: Schabbatkerzen

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Today we talked about Shabbat: what it is and how we might keep it.  I recommended the book The Sabbath by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. What I forgot to mention was that even though it’s a very short little book, it’s pithy — so full of good things that it may take you a while to read it.

 

We had two handouts today: Texts about Shabbat, a collection of texts that explore the idea of Shabbat and Simple Shabbat, a step-by-step outline for a simple Shabbat dinner.

 

Shabbat is a day to be, rather than to make or to do. Human beings are more than the sum of what we can produce in our lives. Shabbat is a day for stopping to simply be, to connect with the Holy and with one another, and with ourselves.

 

See you next week!

 

– Rabbi Adar

 

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