We have several “Rosh Hashanas” throughout the year. There is the main Rosh Hashana in Tishrei, but then there is Tu B’shvat for trees, Shavuos for Torah thoughts, and Pesach for holidays. On Rosh Hashana, we get a boost of inspiration and we hope that boost will keep us going all year.
Let’s make this week our own ‘Rosh Hashana’ for Shabbos.
Thank G-d, we B’nai Israelites celebrate Shabbos every week with guests and songs and Torah, but sometimes we forget just how precious Shabbos is and how much potential it holds.
Please embrace this Shabbos.
Come Friday night, come earlier Shabbos morning, join in the singing, study the parsha, come to the classes, and make sure that every friend and stranger who walks into shul feels comfortable and welcome.
Most importantly, this is our week to remind ourselves why we keep Shabbos every week.
The Rambam recommends that we spend a few quiet moments before Shabbos contemplating the day we are about to start. That’s hard to do every week, but it’s worth doing today. There will be babysitting at Kabbolas Shabbos* and someone else preparing your meal. Give yourself the gift of Shabbos.
And feel free to inspire others as well. We have many guests staying in our community for the entire Shabbos and another special Shabbos coming up on Shabbos Shira (2/11) with Rabbi Nissel as our scholar-in-residence.
Make sure you and those around you end this Shabbos inspired and looking forward to the next one.
A Guten Erev Shabbos,
*Babysitting has been arranged during all Tefilos (services) and classes.