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The Sign of Shabbat

A tid-bit from K’doshim

Leviticus 19:1-3 Adonai said to Moshe, “Speak to the entire community of Isra’el; tell them, ‘You people are to be holy because I, Adonai your God, am holy.“‘Every one of you is to revere his father and mother, and you are to keep my Shabbats; I am Adonai your God.”

It’s a beautiful thing that, in the same breath, Adonai tells us to revere our mother and father and to keep his Shabbats.

You see, showing reverence to our mother and father is the sign that we are in their house, and keeping Shabbat is the sign that we are in His house. Even the Hebrew word “Shabbat” shows this to us. It has within it the same root that makes up the word for “rest/שָׁבַת” and “seven/שֶׁבַע“ which is completely appropriate because Shabbat is the seventh day rest.

שַׁבָּת-Shabbat itself means שַׁ-consume בָּ-house/in ת-covenant

Let us all, on His appointed day, be consumed in His house of the covenant. It is our sign, afterall Shavua tov! M&N



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