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The Tabernacle Times
_____ January 2014 __________________ Tevet - Shevat 5774 __________________ Volume 9 Issue 1_____

Shabbat – A Weekly Celebration
for the Family of God

Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch
  So much of our life as we know it has become hectic and exhausting.  Important meetings, exciting activities, and a lot of very good causes are pulling families all different ways.  People everywhere are busy being busy – never stopping to really rest.  But God has a plan – Shabbat

Shabbat is a Hebrew word which has many meanings - to cease from exertion, to rest, to put away.  This tells us a large part of the purpose of this important observance – restoration. We all work, we all create, and we all need rest. Often, in building a better life for ourselves and our children, we leave little time unstructured – time just to be ourselves, time to be with family, time to appreciate our special place in the Family of God. But, without proper rest, our human strength and creativity will soon fail. God, in His infinite wisdom, told the children of Israel to recharge themselves
  physically, emotionally and spiritually, just as He did after creating the universe.  “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”  (Gen. 2:1-2)

Our loving Father was so sure about this that he reminded the children of Israel again in Leviticus 31, “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation.   You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.”  Shabbat is the first of the Feasts of the Lord, before Passover or Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).  In fact, the Sabbath is so important in the eyes of God that it is the only feast/holiday included in the Ten Commandments.
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