Friday, July 01, 2005

Shabbos Kodesh

I love the planning and preparing. The plethora of smells, the culinary delights being whipped up and souped together. The fact that whether winter or summer, you always need that five minutes extra.

Those few moments, just before the 18 minute grace period is up, when you are throwing on your clothes, doing up your belt, tearing paper, running out to shul, running back to switch the light on/off.

And then peace. 25 hours of pure bliss. Tranquility. Serenity. Me, myself and G-d.




At 7/01/2005 4:14 PM, Blogger Margaritagirrl said...

"And then peace. 25 hours of pure bliss. Tranquility. Serenity. Me, myself and G-d."

Couldn't have said it better myself!! I pity the non-jew, not having this wonderful shabbos. They think it's such a sacrifice for us - what do they know??

At 7/01/2005 4:21 PM, Blogger Shopaholic said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! its a good thing it comes around every week!

At 7/02/2005 4:13 PM, Blogger Karl said...

"Mi Sh'torcha b'erev Shabbos, yo'chal b'Shabbos!"
Hope you had a good one!

At 7/02/2005 5:09 PM, Blogger menachem said...

you know you're actually allowed to tear toilet paper on shabbat, right?

At 7/03/2005 4:49 AM, Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Shabbat is the thing that keeps me going and makes me able to carry on for another week. That, and my Mum's chicken soup!

At 7/03/2005 9:06 AM, Blogger tmeishar said...

What are you talking about Menachem? You really can't unless you're in a situation that demands it for kvod habriyot.

At 7/03/2005 2:38 PM, Blogger menachem said...

two ways to tear toilet paper on shabbat:

1) carefully, and not on the perferation.

2) quickly, with a shinui, not caring where it tears.

i can't think of an instance where you'd need toilet paper and it not be an issue of kavod habriyut

At 7/03/2005 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On shabbos i was at my friend's house and we were sitting and relaxing and talking. Man, I was in heaven. It's amazing that something as simple as relaxing with with friends can be so enjoyable.

At 7/03/2005 6:35 PM, Blogger LostSpirit said...

Wow you are all making me feel so inferior, I most times hate shabbes I don’t enjoy any aspects of it, I find it a waste of time, I find it depressing, I hate the going to shul and as soon as its motze I feel like run forest run. So the all of you; you have a gift in being able to cherish it, and enjoy that gift to the fullest. I am trying to work on it but do not know where to begin.

At 7/03/2005 11:00 PM, Blogger ghetto said...

Lost fell bad for you, its not a waste of time to rest and recharge you batteries.going to shul??? shabbes makes for gr8 excersice i walk the lenght and breath of town over and over again, I try to take time for my kids work at being the father i want to be and forget the stresses of the week
NO phones ringing of the hook no computer to work on the work can wait.In the words of Abie Rottenberg "go on home and find a gift thats waiting for you oh its time to say good shabbes cause all your work is done going to spend the day together with the holy one" Personally with out shabbes i would be in a hospital

At 7/04/2005 10:49 AM, Anonymous Safiyyah said...

TRK: I'm interested in what you're allowed to do (and what you aren't) on Shabbos.
I was watching Promises and I learned you're not allowed to comb your hair of tear toilet paper. Does everyone hold to this?

At 7/05/2005 1:14 PM, Blogger tmeishar said...

I could - if you have an alternative. For example previously torn toilet paper or tissues. This is a situation in which most Jews are correct. If you do need to tear toilet paper you should do so with a shinui, but you CAN absolutely cut on the perferations. However, tearing toilet paper is totally a bedi'eved, reserved for cases when someone already took the last tissue.

At 7/06/2005 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love that song, 'It's time to say good shabbos' by abie

it can be heard at this site on the right side where it says sights and sounds.

At 7/07/2005 10:25 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...


Like everything in Judaism, there is some debate. The problem with combing your hair is that it pulls ou hair from your head, which is prohibited. Some people allow the use of a soft brush, which doesn't pull the hair out.

Tearing toilet paper is an issue of destroying, and most people say it shouldn't be done on Shabbat, rather it should be torn beforehand or ready-torn paper should be bought. However, if you are in a situation where there is none available, you are allowed to tear with a difference ("shinuy") i.e. use your left hand or something, to make sure you remember it is still Shabbat. The basis for the exemption is called "Kavod Habriyot", respect for creatures, which means because it is mega-nasty and gross not to wipe, then we can do so if necessary.

You guys have any similar rules? Keep asking.


At 7/10/2005 6:34 AM, Blogger BasTorah said...

I enjoy the relaxation. The no need to rush and get things done on time. No stress. No phones, internet...just reading, talking and enjoying time with the family.

At 7/10/2005 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys. whatever works Believe U me there are plenty of Jews who are not religious who go out friday night to restaurnts and clubs and spend shabbos on their boat with friends & family and they are at least as content with their weekend as you are. Frum Jews do not have a monopoly on tranquility . the rabbis convinced you of that. Every movement needs fundalmentlists. You are it! thank you

At 7/12/2005 4:59 PM, Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

I'm not saying that people without Shabbos don't have tranquility or happiness. But I really do enjoy and believe in Shabbos.


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