Spectacularly, this week's
Reading contains both the first paragraph of Judaism's primary prayer, Shema
(3rd article), AND the repetition of the first
formulation of the mitzvahs, The Ten Commandments
, of which Shabbat is
the fourth. Our lead article--
by highly regarded author-translator Simcha H. Benyosef -- delineates the
spiritual dimensions of a wide variety of preparations for Shabbat, before the
holy day arrives each week.
This Shabbat, the first after Tisha B'Av, is special; it is known as the Shabbat
(see #7, Story).
In addition, there is a not-so-well known holiday that falls this week, when the
single Jewish women used to dance and sing together in the fields. (article #2)
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The 4th article focuses on our most frequently asked question, appropriate to
look at again in the week following the yahrzeit
of the holy Ari.