WELCOMING SHABBAT

SHABBAT IS MORE THAN A DAY OF REFRAINING FROM WORDLY ACTIVITY 
WHEN EXPERIENCED IN ITS SPIRITUAL FULLEST, ITS HOLINESS ENGLIGHTENS ALL OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK
WE INVITE YOU TO ENHANCE YOUR SHABBAT WITH THESE WORDS OF TORAH 

Parshas Vayeitzei

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by Leff, Dr. Nosson Chayim Z"TL

“Ya’akov Avinu’s departure was voluntary. But why would Ya’akov leave the kedusha (sanctity) of Eretz Yisroel?

 

…He went to his destination in order to extend the greatness of HaShem’s Presence even to a place where His Presence was hidden.

 

…the starting place from which Ya’akov Avinu embarked on his perilous journey was Be’eir Sheva… Be’eir Sheva and Shabbos resemble each other… not only [are they] spelled (almost) the same way, but the two words also share one meaning: seven.

 

…the word ‘be’eir’ means a ‘well,’; that is, a source from which one can draw water. Water is a classic metaphor for ruchniyus (spirituality). So, too, can Shabbos provide us with the ruchniyus we need to live our lives as ovdei HaShem besimcha (‘those who serve HaShem with joy’ even during the weekdays.

 

…before leaving on his journey into golus, Ya’akov Avinu had attached himself closely to the world’s penimiyus (inner reality); i.e., to the vibrancy emanating from HaShem.”

 

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