Posts tagged Shabbat

Vayak’heil – Haiku In Tor...


GOD’S PRIORITIES … LET’S BUILD THE TABERNACLE … BUT FIRST, SHABBAT REST — This week’s portion is almost entirely concerned with the building of the Tabernacle. But it begins with the commandment to rest on Shabbat.   The Torah In Haiku Ed Nickow

Yitro – Torah In Haiku

4th Commandment

                            THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT … REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY … AND KEEP IT HOLY —   Parashah Yitro includes our first look at the Decalogue – “Ten Commandments” is not an accurate translation, although I took poetic license with this week’s haiku. […]

Sh’lach L’cha (Send)

Sh'lach L'cha

Numbers 13:1 to 15:41 The text focuses on two problems – Scouts are sent to the Promised Land and return with a report showing a lack of faith in God… Later, a man forgets the laws of Shabbat by collecting wood … working…. A solution is presented by God in the form of fringes on […]

B’reishit – Torah In Haik...

Let there be light

G-d speaks, things happen … Light and dark, heaven and earth,     The seas and dry land —   The sun and the moon … Creatures of the air, sea, land … Then man and woman —   Finally, Shabbat …  A day set aside for rest … Sanctified by G-d — Genesis 1:3 […]

Emor (Say)

Leviticus 21:1 to 24:22 The text provides details on the major harvest festivals that brought the Israelites closer to God through offerings at the Temple. Today these holidays mark the Exodus and giving of the Ten Commandments. They also provide an opportunity to examine our own spiritual lives and, like the Israelites of Biblical times, […]

Vayak’heil (And he -Moses- conv...

Vayak’heil (And he -Moses- convoked or assembled)

Vayak’heil – Exodus 35:1 to 38:20  At the start of this week’s parsha, God commands the Israelites to rest on the Sabbath and not to do any work. Over the ages the rabbis have asked what is work and what is rest? This parsha takes place after the Golden Calf incident … and the return of […]



The Eternal commanded the people to celebrate Shabbat – A day that is separated from the rest of the week by not working and filling the day with rest. Why does this make this day so important to Jews throughout history? For six days God created all the universe, the earth, and all that is […]

On Shabbat “You Shall Not Do Any Work...

On Shabbat “You Shall Not Do Any Work”

Shabbat is a day of rest … God commanded “You shall not do any work…” Six days a week a week I sit at a desk. I’m an accountant…. On Shabbat I want to do something that isn’t “work” like tending my garden and maintaining the yard. To me this is rest… Is this acceptable? […]

Celebrating Shabbat

Celebrating Shabbat

The observance of Shabbat is commanded in Torah. There is to be no work, it is a day of rest. From these commandments a full day of celebrating Shabbat has evolved. Here are some of the more common rituals and traditions… The observance of Shabbat is commanded in the Ten Commandments…. “Remember the Sabbath Day […]

Holidays According to Torah

Holidays According to Torah

The Torah portion Emor (Book of Leviticus) tells of the rituals the Israelites were to follow to be holy. It re-emphasized the importance of the holiness of the priests, the sacrifice and the tabernacle…. Then, with verse 23:1 we are told about HOLY TIMES … the fixed times of the year which should always be […]

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