Prohibited works on Shabbat: an introduction

Monday, 18 October, 2021 - 9:40 am

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G-d commanded us to keep the Shabbat, Shamor et Yom HaShabbat (Deuteronomy 5:12-14).

Keeping the Shabbat, as we explained previously (The two aspects of Shabbat), means to refrain from specific actions which are forbidden on Shabbat,

Just as G-d created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th, i.e He stopped the work of creating the world, so too we must stop our workd on this day.

G-d created the world with speech, this means that this "work" was not "tiring". This shows that the rest on Shabbat is not only defined by how tiring or difficult the activity is. The actions that are prohibited on Shabbat are decided by G-d and not by our human understanding.

Resting on Shabbat is desirable of course, but this is part of another aspect of Shabbat, the Oneg, or pleasure (Read more here: What makes the Shabbat meal special?)

Thus, after explaining previously how we remember the Shabbat (for example with the Kiddush), we will explore in the next weeks with G-d’s help how we keep the Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom,

Arie from the Yeshiva

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