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How did G-d rest on the seventh day of creation?


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Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?

Denise: What did G-d do on that 1st day of rest while he wasn’t creating? How did G-d rest?

Rabbi Eliezer G: for G-d to rest means that he simply stopped doing His work and went back to simply being Himself

Denise: So what was he doing while he was being himself? Just "nothing"?

Rabbi Eliezer G: doing "nothing" means returning to your true essence

Rabbi Eliezer G: doing something means projecting yourself onto what you are doing

Rabbi Eliezer G: now sometimes the world needs you to project yourself and do something

Rabbi Eliezer G: and sometimes the world needs you to simply be you so that your beauty can shine forth and radiate to the people around you

Rabbi Eliezer G: that is what G-d was "doing" on Shabbos

Rabbi Eliezer G: sharing his essence with the universe he created

Rabbi Eliezer G: by simply doing nothing

Rabbi Eliezer G: and allowing his essence to shine

Denise: OK, thanks.

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G-d » Creation
Shabbat » A Day of Rest

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