G‑d shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace". (Ex. 14:14) Rabbi Aba opened [his discourse] saying: "If you restrain your foot because of the Shabbat, from pursuing your business on My Holy Day". (Isaiah 58:13) Fortunate are Israel that G‑d desires them and wishes to join with them more than all the nations of the world. Because of His love for them, He brought them close to Him and gave them the Torah and the Shabbat, which is holier than all the other days. And there is rest from everything, and the joy of everyone. Shabbat is equal to the entire Torah, and one who observes the Shabbat is as though he observed the whole Torah.

"And call the Shabbat a delight", (Ibid.58:13.) which is the delight of all, delight of the soul and the body, delight of those Above and those below.

BeRahamim LeHayyim: Why did the Ari and Chida include this section? What is there to learn?

Is this part and parcel of the saying, "More than Israel has kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept Israel"? For it would seem that if Shabbat is equal to the whole Torah, then there is a whole lotta' things goin' on our special day! And it would mean that not only the Shabbat, but also that the Torah has kept Israel. So where is G‑d in this picture? The Zohar teaches us that: Torah, G‑d and Israel are one.

G‑d is there always, to help us, to keep us, to join with the Torah to bring us to Shabbat. Shabbat truly has kept Israel!

What does this mean to you, and why is it being revealed to you now?

Bracketed annotations from Metok Midevash and Sulam commentaries
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