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The holy day of Shabbat is more than just a day of rest. Discover the what, how and why of this special day we were gifted. This class is the second of a six-part lecture series titled ‘The Essentials,’ which introduces the foundations of Jewish life and living.

Shabbat – An Island in Time

Shabbat – An Island in Time

Jewish Essentials - Part 2

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Anonymous New York July 5, 2016

Wonderful and inspiring, thank you. I am confused about two comments Rabbi said. He mentions two examples about the benefit of the community during shabbat. One is someone that mentions he lost his jib, and before kiddush was over got some leads for new job. Another says he is having spouse problems and gets help during shabbat. My question/confusion is, wouldn't those two topics be part of the topics we are not supposed to be talking about during shabbat? Reply

Michelle Brown-Ayala Las Vegas November 27, 2015

I can't help but think that if everyone took this time to reconnect and re-energize there would be an overall reduction in divorce, depression, anxiety and stress in the world that is so prevalent today. Thank you for this message. Reply

Gema February 11, 2015

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful !

I am not a jew. I´m interested in your knowledge which
really gives meaning to my life.

The perspective, the explanations given, everything is so in
its place, everything happens for a reason, awareness, responsibility,
everything , every word becomes alive.

Thank you for sharing. It is a blessing. Reply

Anonymous Shelton via November 2, 2013

This presentation was very informative; giving an over-all picture. I am not jewish. I do appreciate the perspectives you gave, very meaningful on many levels. :) Reply

Gavriel April 18, 2012

As I sit and stare out of my one room home I have the hope that my oasis ,my rest will appear .I see all Jews sitting at the calm beaches of the sands of time on Shabbat. The word relaxing now has more meaning than ever, as when the words can come to peace of the Mitzvahs we have done.When the connection to HaShem is so clear yet we are not perplexed.When there it is no longer barriers between are actions and our thoughts which are pure kindness on this day.We are together we are one and HaShem has much joy that we now understand what is the past .Before we had scares of our own doing but healing is our strength. Problems in our lives help shape the good merit for our future.The waters are still and clean as well as our souls are pure and bright .I will no longer am just me,I will be what HaShem made me to be body and soul. Reply

Ms. Whitney Metts April 18, 2012

Please never stop telling these wonderful messages. It is the very best part of my day. Reply

Anonymous london March 4, 2012

good lecture,10/10! Reply

mikke baytown, tx/usa March 2, 2012

thank you... Reply

Marat Dreyshner richmond, canada January 11, 2012

Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky is very thorough and has greatly helped in answering some of our question on how to start and continue a kosher home and a jewish traditions. Reply

Patricia Ardavin Alpharetta, GA, USA December 21, 2011

I did learn today a very important lesson.
Thank You!!! Reply

Aimee Carter Salt Lake City, UT April 25, 2011

Rabbi Bistritzky I really enjoy listening to your lectures. The stories are wonderful and the presentation of material is easy to understand and highly engrossing. Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge. I now have a greater understanding and new found appreciation of Shabbat. Reply

felipe de jesus zamudio alejandre Queretaro, Queretaro,Mexico September 1, 2010

Thank you for this spiritual bread. How wonderful and easy to learn when one opens the eyes of the spirit. This is eternal wisdom to transform lives not only mine but others. Thank you again. Reply

Debby Welman Los Angeles, California June 10, 2010

What a stimulating lecture. Such a dignified Rabbi. Rabbi Shlomo was instrumental in bringing a young man to Torah and Mitzvot. My daughter who has been religious all her life is now married to that young man. Reply

Claude Kingston, Jamaica April 24, 2010

Thanks for the teaching on the Shabbat. I am a non Jew who keep the Sabbath and the Lev 23 holy days. Howver, I answer my cellphone when fellow brethren call, I turn on my stove as we are not so constrain by our teaching, I have to drive to worship as it is far away, I go on the Internet as there is lots of spiritual teaching like yours, I listen to the main newscast on radio, no TV. But, as I say, I am Gentile who practice Jewish tradition. Reply

Chani Benjaminson, April 19, 2010

Thank you! We don't yet have other classes by the Rabbi on Shabbat. Reply

Anonymous ABQ, NM April 18, 2010

Are there any more videos recorded by Shlomo Bistritzky which go into more details about observing the laws of the Shabbat? He is fantastic. Reply

Ms. elaine white Jersey U.K. February 26, 2010

For someone who would love to experience shabbat, this class was so thought provoking and emotionally uplifting. I have over many months enjoyed the chabad website, I have obtained the many blessings that are recited around shabbas, now all I need to do is purchase some candlesticks and now light those candles !! Thank you. Reply

Anonymous February 4, 2010

Interesting name for a Jewish Academy. Conejo means Rabbit in Spanish and is not a kosher animal. Reply

laurie Thorold, Canada February 2, 2010

Thank you Rabbi, we enjoy your thought-provoking class. Reply

Mr. Richard Raff January 31, 2010

I would like to go to Shul someday.Thank you for the lesson. Reply