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What is the deeper significance of Shabbat as a day of rest?


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

Mimi: what is the deeper meaning and importance of Shabbat as a day of rest

Rabbi Gurkow: when you are engaged in a project you are not free to be yourself

Rabbi Gurkow: you have to apply yourself to the needs of the project right?

Mimi: right

Rabbi Gurkow: when Hashem created the world for six days he projected forth a creative energy, right?

Mimi: yes

Rabbi Gurkow: so this creative energy that he projected forth was tailored according to the measure required by that which he created, right?

Mimi: right

Rabbi Gurkow: so this energy is by no means reflective of G-d's full and true essence right?

Mimi: ok

Rabbi Gurkow: just like you are not being your true self when you are engaged with a project

Rabbi Gurkow: but when you finish the project and rest, you are free to revert to your true self right?

Mimi: right

Rabbi Gurkow: so when G-d finished the project of creation and rested he was free to revert to his true essence right?

Mimi: yeah

Rabbi Gurkow: so if we want to have a relationship with the essence of hashem we have to keep shabbos

Rabbi Gurkow: does that make sense?

Mimi: ok thank you very much

Rabbi Gurkow: your welcome and thank you for coming to ask Moses

Rabbi Gurkow: now you know what is meant when you wish someone a good shabbos -- it means to have a good G-dly experience this shabbos

Mimi: Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Gurkow: and in that vein I wish you a good shabbos

Mimi: thank you

Rabbi Gurkow: your welcome

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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
"The Name." Out of respect, we do not explicitly mention G-d's name, unless in the course of prayer. Instead, "Hashem" is substituted.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.