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Shabbat Stories

A selections of stories -- both ancient and contemporary -- regarding the Shabbat, the weekly Day of Rest.

I Chose Shabbat Over a Rocket Launch
We had committed time and money to this event, yet we would have to miss it because driving to watch the launch on Shabbat was not an option.
The Last Time I Drove on Shabbat
The car sputtered, smoke wafted from the engine, and there were no gas stations in sight.
The Miracle of Early Shabbat
A few hours later, Avraham Simcha noticed a silhouette occupying the small, front window.
Spending Shabbat in the ER
It was the most uncomfortable Shabbat I have ever experienced. What was meant to be a quick visit to the emergency room turned into a hospital admission over Shabbat, with no advance warning.
The Rebbe Inspired Me to Turn Down the Job
Imagine my excitement when I received a job offer to work on a national presidential campaign in Tampa, Florida, this past summer. The one catch: this job would require me to work on Shabbat.
Home For Shabbat
I glanced at my watch nervously. Usually, I avoid flying Friday afternoons for fear I won't arrive in time, but this time, I figured I'd be safe. I figured wrong...
A Pound of Candles
The young prodigy overheard the exchange between the rabbi and the wagon driver. He could scarcely believe his ears. A pound of candles to atone for violating the holy Shabbat?
The Mysterious Kiddush Sleep
"Please Rebbe," sobbed the man, "tell me how to repent. Give me a remedy. Save me from this unbearable affliction!"
The Shabbat that Kept Rose
Rose felt like a leaf caught between heavy gusts of wind with no anchoring force to answer her question: To keep her job, or keep the Shabbat?
The Black Carriage
Reb Shmuel reputedly said to the Rebbe: “If you are a true Rebbe, you have nothing to fear by being arrested. If you are not, you deserve whatever they will do to you”
A Tzaddik’s Tear
The rabbi interrupted the narrative and said, "I don't know what the Chafetz Chaim said to that student. I only know that they were together for a few minutes. I would give anything to know what he said to the boy..."
A Joker's Shabbat
As might be expected, Hershel the Hilarious was the most popular guy in Mosayov among the idle, the crude, the silly and the drinkers . . .
The Banker's Shabbat Dilemma
As he was running his hands up the side of the coats, he suddenly realized that his pockets were still filled with wads of money from that day's dealings.
The Newark Riots and a Match Made in Heaven
The Rebbe suggested that since we are financially secure, we should close our store on Shabbat and that G‑d will then send our daughter her bashert...
I Took the Road Less Traveled—and Stayed There
“You’re going to sit home ALONE instead of driving to shul to be with other Jews at Shabbat services?!” my parents demanded.
What a Small-Town Rabbi Saw When the Power Went Out
It was Shabbat, and no flashlights could be turned on or phone calls made.
Yosef Who Loved Shabbat
Yosef was a poor man who spent all his money on Shabbat. He bought a giant fish right before Shabbat and was richly rewarded for his devotion to Shabbat
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