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Resting on Shabbat

Practical Parshah - Vayakhel

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Resting on Shabbat: Practical Parshah - Vayakhel

“Six days shall you work…” How does one actually rest on Shabbat?
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Prohibition of Work on Shabbat, Parshah, Vayak'hel

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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan March 18, 2011

The Kohen certainly does do his duty in the Temple on Shabbat. As do we Jewish people perform the mitzvah of circumcision when the eighth day is on the Shabbat. The idea that we do many rituals that are Temple inspired cannot be construed as literal service of the Kohen, rather it is from those rituals that we derive inspiration. I hope that helps clarify… Reply

bin tran fremont, ca February 26, 2011

Shabbat Thank you for this week's teaching on this topic, Rabbi Kaplan. Rabbi Kaplan I have one question, if we we keep all the mitzvot and act as a Kohen when we do our ritual hand-washing before the hamotzi and if the table is an alter, does the Kohen perform service in Beit Mikdash on Shabbat? This includes various Temple service? Thanks again Rabbi for another great teaching. Reply

Each week, Rabbi Mendel Kaplan will delve into that week's Torah reading to bring out a practical lesson for life and explain the Biblical sources for the customs, laws, practices and ethics of our people.
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