Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: SHABBOS Category:KODESH Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 Shabbos is a Day of Three Kinds of Rest

By Mincha on Shabbos we say that Hashem gave us Yom Menucha, a day of rest. We then go on to describe this day of rest in three ways. Menuchas Ahava U'Nedava, Menuchas Emes V'Emuna, Menuchas Shalom V'Shalva Hashket VaVetach. What does all this mean?

The Shaar Bas Rabim explains that in this world resting is usually for one of two reasons. Either because they need to relax and unwind after a period of hard work, or because their frail bodies cannot function and their rest brings on depression.

This is not the rest Hashem had in mind for Shabbos. Shabos should be a day of resting out of love for Hashem who has come to spend Shabbos with us, and not of frustration of not being able to work. We should graciously cease all weekday activity for this privilege and should "donate" extra time to Shabbos bringing it in early and leaving late. This is Ahava U'Nedava.

Shabbos needs to be a day of truthful rest without bending the rules when no one is looking (such as by doing things not appropriate and not in the spirit of Shabbos although technically not assur.) That is Emes V'Emunah.

Shabbos is a day with much free time on our hands. It should not be spent with idle chatter that will cause machlokes and is laced with negative comments about others. This is Shalom, Shalva, Hashkeit.

If we rest in this was surely our Shabbos will be a Menucha Shleima SheAta Rotzeh Ba, a day of rest that Hashem is pleased with.

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Just One Shabbos And We'll All Be Free

The gemara in Shabbos (118b) says that had Bnei Yisroel kept the first Shabbos in the Midbar they would have become invincible. However the Mikoshesh spoiled that by being Michalel Shabbos. The next gemara says that if we keep two Shabbosos we would be immediately redeemed. So do we need one Shabbos or two, and why is this?

Rav Eliyahu Dessler in michtav MeiEliyahu says that the gemara is not referring to two Shabbosos on the calendar but rather two aspects of Shabbos. Using this approach maybe we could answer as follows. The gemara tells us that speaking Divrei Chol on Shabbos is forbidden, yet thinking it is permitted. On the other hand Chazal tell us that on Shabbos we should view our work, K'Ilu Milachticha Asuya, as if it is all wrapped up and there is nothing left to be taken care of. Shabbos should be free from all thoughts of work and should be treated like a utopia.

Shabbos is a day of MeiEin Olam Haba. It is the purpose of the six days of creation. Similarly the world is for six thousand years and the seventh thousand years is Shabbos. By keeping Shabbos and totally removing ourselves from the mundane aspects of the world we are in a state of Geula. We have reached perfection. Once we accomplish that, surely Hashem will effect the final Geula and our state will continue.

In the Midbar, Bnei Yisroel lived everyday as if there were no tomorrow. Keeping Shabbos entailed not doing any Milacha. Had Bnei Yisroel accomplished that they would have reached perfection. We on the other hand do better with the actual refraining from Milacha, whereas we are still far from perfecting our spiritual understanding of Shabbos. Once we learn how to keep both these Shabbosos, Hashem will immediately redeem us.

Wed, 18 May 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Menucha V'Simcha - Shabbos, A Collection Of Special Moments Shabbos is a special time where all the walls of nature are dropped and we can attain a closeness to Hashem like no other day.  Kedushas Shabbos say the Seforim HaKedoshim is akin to the Bais HaMikdash which is Hashem's special place in the world while Shabbos is Hashem's special time in world.  

The Rinas Yaakov says that the Zemer of Menucha V'Simcha is a song where the composer pours out his heart begging to tap into this special kedusha, and be close to Hashem without any barriers.

In this zemer he writes, "Shamor L'Kadshoi MiBoi'oi V'Ad Tzaisoi", careful to make it Kadosh from beginning to end.  The Rinas Yaakov explains that this is not referring to Milacha or violating issurim of Shabbos but rather Kedushas Shabbos which is not limited to certain parts of the day like davening or the seudos.  Every moment of Shabbos must be spent in spiritual holiness without any lapses for mundane activity.

He furthers shows this point by bringing a fascinating distinction between Shabbos and Yom Kippur from the Tzafnas Panei'ach.  There is a Shitta that a Kattan becomes Chayav in Mitzvos on his 13th birthday, at the same hour that he was born.  According to this opinion, says the Tzafnas Panei'ach, if someone is Bar Mitzva on Yom Kippur day after Yom Kippur began, he is not obligated to fast since the fast on Yom Kippur is a single unit, and he was not a Gadol at the start of the day.  However says the Tzafnas Panei'ach, if one becomes a Gadol on Shabbos, even if it is just seconds before Shkia on Motza'ei Shabbos, if he does Milacha he is Chayav Misa for being Michalel that single moment.  Each moment of Shabbos has its own Kedusha and must be treated like the treasure that it is.  Gut Shabbos!

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Ben Yehoada: How Shabbos Can Make Your Dreams Come True "Kol HaMi'aneg Es HaShabbos Nosnim Lo Mishalos Libo", whoever delights the Shabbos will be granted the wishes in his heart (Shabbos 118b).  This is quite a reward as it is chosen by the person himself rather than fixed.  Why is this so and how does this work?

The Ben Ish Chai in the Ben Yehoada says that delighting Shabbos does not mean with actions or words.  What we do and how we speak is not called delighting Shabbos, it is required by halacha.  Delight is like the whipped cream, it is over and above what you are required to do.  Chazal tell us that on Shabbos we may not speak about Devarim Shel Chol, however Hirhurim Mutarim, thinking is not forbidden.  Therefore says the Ben Yehoada, delighting the Shabbos means that even your thoughts are about Shabbos and your weekday thoughts of business and the like are banished from your mind.  That is Oneg, that is delight!

Hashem rewards us Midah K'Neged Midah.  For resting the heart and mind from weekday activity, we are rewarded with being granted the wishes of the heart and mind.  He says there is a remez for this in the hours of Shabbos.  Shabbos itself is 24 hours.  Add the seven hours on Erev Shabbos starting with the fifth hour of the day when the light of Shabbos begins to set in on the world plus the one hour after Shabbos that we cut into, to be Mosif Kodesh Al HaChol, give us 32 the gematria of the word "Lev".

So if you have big plans for Motzaei Shabbos or upcoming business or vacation the next week, or if you bought a lottery ticket, don't even think about it on Shabbos.   Then your dreams will come true!

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Shabbos Is A Make Or Break Proposition In the gemara in Shabbos (118) many amora'im share with us the wonderful benefits of keeping Shabbos properly.  You will be saved from Gehinom, Gog UMagog, and Chevlei Moshiach.  You will receive a nachala without boundaries.  All your aveiros will be forgiven.  All your wishes will be granted.  You will be spared from the pains of Galus.  All your aveiros will be forgiven.  Moshiach will come.  And more and more.

However the reverse is true if we are Michalel Shabbos.   The Heichal HaShabbos brings a scary Remez from Rav Meir Leib Frey, a Rov in prewar Czechoslovakia, who died in the gas chambers with his Kehila refusing to leave the cattle car with a nazi officer bribed by his activist son.  When we make a Siyum on Masechtes Shabbos we say, "Hadran Alecha Mi Shehichshich U'Slika La Masechtes Shabbos".  This literally means, we will return to you Perek Mi Shehichshich (the last Perek of Shabbos) and we are finished with Masechtes Shabbos.

Not keeping Shabbos is the cause of great darkness and tzorus that come to the world.  These are the tzorus that haunt us and keep coming back again in every generation.  "Hadran Alecha Mi Shehichshich", the darkness will return to us.  "USLika La Masechtes Shabbos" when you leave you Oh Shabbos!

May we all strengthen our Shmiras Shabbos and be zocheh to the Geula Sheleima!

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Shabbos Rosh Hashana - No Shofar This Year, Is It Bad For Us? We all know the power of the Shofar to confuse the Satan at the critical moment that our fate is being determined by Hashem.  "Kol Shana She'ein Tokin Bit'chilasa Meiri'in La B'Sofa", any year that we do not blow the Shofar on Rosh HaShana we will have a bad year at the end (Rosh HaShanah 16b).  So where does that leave us this year when Rosh HaShana falls out on Shabbos and we do not blow Shofar?

The Magid Rav Shlomo Levenstein brings from the Aruch LaNer on Chumash that if you look at all the years that Rosh HaShana came out on Shabbos you will find that it is either a very good year or a very bad year, and he brings a number of examples.  Why is this, asks the Aruch LaNer?  He answers with a Mashal.

An important minister of the King was put on trial for committing a very serious crime which carried a severe penalty.  The trial looked like an open and shut case and the minister had no where to turn for help as he was disgraced and all the King's men turned against him.  He was doomed.  But all was not lost.  His wife was respected by the King and she would plead his case before the King hoping for mercy.  Sure enough she approached the King and the verdict was overturned and her husband was set free.

Shortly afterward another minister was also convicted a serious crime.  He however was not worried.  He knew what happened in the previous trial and knew that his wife who had similar standing could easily save him.  His devoted wife arranged an audience with the king and began to plead her husband's case.  As soon as she began to speak the King cut her off and asked her why she had a bruise on her forehead.  Reluctant to talk about it she saw she had know choice and told the King that her husband was responsible for it.  Enraged the King immediately ended the audience and saw to it that the man was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and he was put to death for his original crime.

When Rosh HaShanah is on Shabbos we are doomed to failure in our trial since we are lacking the keys to a good verdict the Shofar.  However since it is Shabbos, the Shabbos who is beloved by Hashem, pleads to Hashem on our behalf.  Hashem will do anything that Shabbos asks including let us off the hook and granting us the sweetest of years.  But if Hashem notices that Shabbos has been badly abused by us, not only will Shabbos not help us, it will make the King more determined to punish us for all our crimes.

Let's commit to treat Shabbos with the respect that the beloved of our King deserves.  Let's refrain from Chilul Shabbos whether in our actions or merely speaking or acting not in the spirit of Shabbos Kodesh.  if we take care of Shabbos, Shabbos will take care of us.  If not we will be left alone at our trial alone and without any horn to toot.

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 03:00:00 +0000
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.

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Yeruchom Levovitz - The Shabbos Mashgiach And Weekday Mashgiach Of The Mir Yeshiva It is well known and recorded that on Shabbos many Gedolim had a special aura and their face would actually radiate and glow of kedusha to the point where their physical appearance changed.  

Rav Eliyahu Lopian writes in Lev Eliyahu that when the Rav Simcha Zissel Broide, the Alter of Kelm, was sick near the end of his life, his complexion was pale and white as a ghost.  However from the moment Shabbos started his face became radiant and fiery red as if he were perfectly healthy.  When Motza'ei Shabbos came, the radiance disappeared from his face and he became white and sickly looking once again.

Rav Shlomo Volbe tells a similar story about Reb Yeruchom Levovitz, the famed Mashgiach of the Mir Yeshiva.  There was talmid new to the Yeshiva who thought that the Yeshiva had one Mashgiach for the weekday and an even greater one for Shabbos.  Only after a number of weeks went by did he finally understand that these two Mashgichim were both Rav Yeruchom only his face changed on Shabbos to the point where he was hard to recognize.

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000