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Section: Shabbos   Category: Kodesh
Shabbos - Why Can We Work, But Not Work?
Shabbos is a day of rest, but what kind of rest is it?  We can strain ourselves moving furniture all day long around the house, but we cannot carry a candy in the street even if it will make our day more relaxed and enjoyable.

The Chasam Sofer in his drashos says that the gentiles also have a day of rest.  It is a day during which they relax from the rigors of the work week and regain their strength for the week ahead. Our Shabbos is not a day of rest for ourselves, but rather a day of rest out of respect and gratitude for Hashem who created a wondrous world in six days and rested on the seventh.  It is a sign of awe for our creator and just as he rested so too do we rest.

This explains why the common thread between all the 39 melachos is creation.  There is nothing that relates to effort or strain.  Hashem did not strain Himself, He created.  Even Shabbos is a day of Avodah for us, avodah to Hashem honoring and respecting Him within the world as it was on Friday.  The world will stand still for our 24 hour honeymoon, until Motza'ei Shabbos, when it's time once again to create.
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