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Make this Shabbat a SPECIAL SHABBAT!

Friday, 20 March, 2020 - 2:19 pm

I'd like to share a Facebook post by my sister, Rebbetzin Devorah Shanowitz, Westmount, QC: 

We are living in extraordinary and uncertain times. We have all been blindsided by one invisible! organism. It does not discriminate: rich or poor, famous or not; it pays no attention to nationality or background. It's an equal opportunity offender.

Science is flummoxed, economies are threatened, and governments are at loss... all because of one, invisible nasty bug.

And we are unnerved.

Our sense of control seems wrested from under us, the sureness of our footing seems to be challenged by a seismic event, caused by something not even visible to the naked eye.

But did we ever really have control? Or was it an illusion that we all bought into...'cause things were going our way?

Of all observances in Jewish life, Shabbat is the primary vehicle in which we cede control. We get off this treadmill called life, turn off the technology that drowns out our inner voice and bow to the reality that there is a Creator and Creation. We acknowledge a Divine origin and a Divine plan and we let go. We transform time and space and surrender to a Higher reality.

Jews have been practicing Shabbat for nearly 4,000 years. The adage: More than the Jew has kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jew rings more true than every before. In this topsy-turvy world, where nothing seems certain, one thing stays the same: At sundown on Friday, we welcome Shabbat and we cede our sense of time, schedule and control to an eternal truth.

Ironically, this week, much of the world has been imposed into a Shabbat like reality. In Israel a strict curfew means that Shabbat will be observed in the fullest way in its 7 decade history. We are being conditioned by circumstances to yield to a reality higher than we can reach on our own.

We're experiencing a cosmic paradigm shift: Control is an illusion, gifted to us, but sometimes withheld. At this historic juncture in time, let's bow to that reality, and the freedom that it affords us.

There is a Creator and there is Creation.

And Shabbat is the most romantic, beautiful and auspicious time to acknowledge that reality.

We're all home this week. We're having dinner. All we need is some candles to kindle and a bit of wine for the Kiddush. And the acknowledgment of the gift of life, the gift of time, and the gift of a Divine plan.

In the Jewish mystical teachings, Shabbat is associated with the feminine Malchus, which represents the actualization of the Divine purpose. We Jewish women are intrinsically connected to Shabbat, and are endowed with the incredible privilege of ushering in Shabbat to our homes.

As women, perhaps we experience the instability of our world more viscerally and deeply, but we also hold the key to bring more peace, light and blessing into our homes.

So, lets do a little more Shabbat this week. The world needs the blessing of the Feminine energy that is Shabbat... and we women will help make it happen.

Let's Shabbat.

May the light and blessing that ensues, bring healing to all those in need around the world, and usher in a world healed and united in peace.

ShabbatShalom TheWorldNeedsYourLight

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