And On the Seventh Day God Rested
One of our favorite Jewish rituals is that of Shabbos (Shabbat/ Sabbath):
In Exodus 20:11, after Fourth Commandment is first instituted, God explains, “because for six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and on the seventh day, he rested; therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.” By resting on the seventh day and sanctifying it, we remember and acknowledge that God is the creator of heaven and earth and all living things. We also emulate the divine example, by refraining from work on the seventh day, as God did. If God’s work can be set aside for a day of rest, how can we believe that our own work is too important to set aside temporarily?
As part of our Shabbos ritual, we typically spend time outdoors close to nature because that is where we both feel closest to God. Our Shabbatical is in a sense a year of rest to be closer to God, basking in the wonder of the world He created: a year celebrating each day as Shabbos.
In our travels we are always interested in learning more about the Jewish culture and history of the country we are in. Here are a few of the interesting things we’ve learned along the way:
- Rosh Hashanah in Morocco
- Jewish History of Chefchaouen- Morocco’s Blue Pearl
- Jews in Bulgaria
- A Visit to A Greek Synagogue
- Jewish History in Shanghai