Shabbat Shalom

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Every Friday I hope to post an essay about a specific aspect of Jewish faith. I am open to any questions which I can answer in an essay.

Submitted: March 09, 2018

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I am an orthodox Jew and as I mentioned to Mike S. and a few others, I am sabbath observant and cannot respond to messages on Saturday. I just wanted to explain what the concept of Sabbath is and its significance in Jewish life. As a Jew I believe that God created the world and as it says in Genesis “By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He abstained on the seventh day from all his work which He had done. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because on it he abstained from all His work which God created to make”. These biblical verses are the foundation of the Jewish Sabbath. On the Sabbath, religious Jews do not do any work, we don’t cook, we don’t use electricity, and we don’t drive. The sabbath starts at sundown on Friday and ends at nightfall on Saturday, and in this time period Jews are required to follow all the laws of the sabbath. During this time period we have three prayer services. We have one on Friday night, one in the morning on Saturday, and one in the afternoon on Saturday. The morning service is the longest and is about three hours long. The services in the afternoon take about forty-five minutes each. On Friday night and during the day on Saturday, Jews have a big dinner where we do ‘kidush’- which means to sanctify the day. At the end of the Sabbath, we do something called ‘havdalah’ which means to separate the holy from the mundane. This is just adrop in the bucket to what goes on during the Sabbath but I didn’t want to bore anyone. If you have any questions about Sabbath or Jewish faith in general, feel free to leave a comment.  So as Jews greet one another on the Sabbath, Shabbat Shalom!


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