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A thought for the new week

הרב מאיר גולדוויכט


Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Towards the end of a wonderful Shabbat at Camp Mesorah in New York, Rabbi Meir Goldwicht shared the following idea with the campers and counselors:

"We do not keep Shabbat only on Shabbat. We keep Shabbat on Sunday and Monday too. All week long, until the next Shabbat. Six days of creativity are positively influenced by the content of our Shabbat.

But the special connection between the six days of the week and Shabbat goes both ways. Shabbat, too, is influenced by the content of our week. Again and again Shabbat is often mentioned in the Torah following six days of work: 'Six days you shall labor and do all your work. And the seventh day is a Shabbat to the Lord your God. You shall not do any work.'

In other words, the quality of our week influences the quality of Shabbat. A week of positive activity, study, family time, volunteering, fulfilling work and eteffective utilization of time will enable us to appreciate and enjoy Shabbat in the best possible way."

Shavua Tov, and perhaps we should already say - Shabbat Shalom.


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