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INSIGHT: Hashem Needs a Rest?!

Commandment #4 – “Honor Shabbos!”

Commandment #4 – “Honor Shabbos!

“Honor the Day of Shabbos to make it Holy.”

Yes!” answered Bnei Yisrael.

HaShem commanded us to make the 7th day of the week holy. This day is called Shabbos. The other 6 days of the week are for work, and Shabbos is for rest. Just as after creating the world in 6 days, HaShem rested on the 7th day, so too we stop doing work on Shabbos and use this day as a time to rest.

Shabbos is honored with prayer, Torah learning, and spending time with family and friends. We make Kiddush over wine, we eat fresh delicious Challah, and enjoy extra-special foods.

Shazak insight

Hashem Needs a Rest?!

Did HaShem really get tired and need to rest?

Of course not. Actually, “Shabbos” means “stopped.” HaShem stopped His creation on the 7th day. So too, we also stop our creative activities on Shabbos.

We stop talking on the phone,

We stop taking pictures;

We stop creating videos;

We stop sending messages;

We stop drawing pictures;

We stop shopping;

We stop cooking;

We stop driving.

Instead, we take a deep breath, and bring the holy spirit of Shabbos into our homes.

Shabbos is an island in time – a special getaway from the hustle and bustle of creativity.

BTW: This also explains why we don’t turn on a light on Shabbos, even though there is no effort involved. It’s not the effort that is forbidden on Shabbos – it’s the CREATION (in this case, the creation of light). After all, the effort that it took HaShem to create a world was much less effort than it takes us to flick a switch light!

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