It’s possible to taste Shabbat in many ways.
Here are more creative and unusual ways to consider the possibilities of the seventh day.
Rabbi Susan Lipper of Los Altos, CA wrote these words for High School students, but, with a little imagination, it becomes clear she speaks to adults as well.
I’m going to tell you the truth as I see it: Each of you matter. You
are important. Your life right now matters, which means you need to take
care of yourself.
Rabbi Marcus Berstein has some ideas about his Sabbath pen.
I observe Shabbat by making the day different through personal actions that most people probably wouldn’t realize. To make the day special, I wear certain favorite articles of clothing, use different shampoo and soaps than the rest of the week, and do other small activities to make the day different. There are also activities that I don’t do on Shabbat – watch television, use my computer, or spend money.
Although writing is traditionally one of the activities that constitutes “work”, I do write in my journal, but only with a special pen. My “Shabbat pen” is used on Shabbat, only to write in my journal. This activity becomes kadosh – holy and set apart – from the rest of the week’s writing by the pen I use and the specific activity of writing in my journal. It is one of several things I do to make Shabbat special.
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