Sabbath Rest

Today’s service was great. I really love this Rabbi, he gets what community is supposed to be and is really encouraging the congregation to form that ideal. He opened the floor today for discussion so instead of a sermon, we got a lot of what was pressing on peoples hearts. I loved it, can’t wait for another service just like that one.

Without children’s service today the kids were with us. Ephraim always struggles with this, and though Dad would disagree, he handled it all right. I brought him up with me to the front to say hamotzi and he gave us all a chuckle when he ate the bread before we had finished the translation. He declined the wine though, lol.

Love the Sabbath

After Sabbath Musing – 10/28/02

I love Sabbath.

Torah
I love to see the children rush down
to see the name of Hashem
to see them dance
to see them sing

I love the Sabbath.

A young boy in congregation rushed down with mine to see the name of Hashem. When the cantor pointed to the name the boy peered closely, being mindful not to touch the sacred parchment…and he said, “That looks like love.” Doesn’t it though? Doesn’t the very name of Hashem look like love?

I love the Sabbath.

I mean it!

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Take the time to refuel…

And no I’m not talking about taking a spa day, or dropping the kids off with the sitter while you eat bon bons and watch soaps all day, I’m talking about the real deal the actual fuel that gets us all through the day, prayer and study.

Now, I’m the worst at this myself so I’m encouraging myself today too. As I’m about to get off my duff and turn of the computer and engage in an age old ritual of prepping for the Sabbath, I am reminded that I should start each of my days with the proper preparation of prayer and study.

As parents we can’t get so wrapped up in our children that we forget to take sustenance for ourselves.  We must eat, hydrate, exercise but we must tend to our spiritual needs foremost.

Proverbs 31:17 – She gathers her strength around her, and throws herself into her work.

How do we gather our strength, a good night’s sleep is beneficial but it will not outlast 3 major meltdowns and a scream-fest all before lunch. To draw on the strength that sustains we must turn to G-d of all creation, Exodus says that G-d is our strength and our salvation (15:2). Take a moment find a short devotional online and recharge.

I like:

www.Mymorningmeditations.com

www.chabad.org especially The Jewish Woman

My fav online Bible right now is www.biblestudytools.com They have the CJB and the NASV and you can read your choice of translation in parallel.

Shabbat Shalom!