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The Day of Rest has a profound mystical dimension that is rooted in the divine energies that created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. How does this apply to us on a weekly basis?

The Kabbalah of Shabbat

The Kabbalah of Shabbat

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The Axis
Imagine that you are living your life on the rim of a spinning wheel. Round and round it turns, faster and faster
The Art of G-d
G-d is the prototype modern artist; the universe is His gallery, and on Shabbat it is open to the public...
World of Thought
Why did the Creator have to speak in order to create? Wouldn’t it be so much more wonderful if we were all just a thought?
Passive Labor
If G‑d is the source of all blessings, why work to earn a livelihood?
Rest
Contrary to common perception, time does not stop when we rest: it flows inward
Life on the Witness Stand
To observe the Shabbat is to make a statement about G-d's world; and making a statement about the world is a greater feat than making the world
The 40th Labor
What is “work”? If life is synonymous with creativity, is Shabbat a time outside life? What is the deeper significance of the curious Talmudic phrase, “forty labors minus one”?
Bread From Heaven
The manna is to Jewish history what Shabbat is to the workday week: a precedent
The Kabbalah of Havdalah
"Differentiation" is a double paradox -- and the essence of holiness
The Kabbalah of Smell
Prior to the birth of my oldest child, I actually found myself looking forward to this rite of parenthood, waiting to be introduced to diaper changing. At first it was not bad; not much of a challenge. More recently, however, as my son approaches his second birthday, the stench emanating from his diaper is unreal
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