Practice of Shabbat

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Shabbat is the celebration of two monumental aspects of human life:

The creation of the universe.

Our liberation as a people from Egypt–and the resulting message that the world can be liberated from all forms of oppression.


Shabbat (the Sabbath) is not simply about going to synagogue. It is a 25-hour spiritual, meditative, psychological, and intellectual process which involves a withdrawal from the normal consciousness of domination and control over time and space. On Shabbat, we enter into a consciousness that is focused on awe, wonder, amazement, celebration, pleasure (through food, sex, and intellectual exchange), aloneness, and community. As the psalm for Shabbat proclaims, “I rejoice in Your work, O God. I will exalt in the works of Your hands!”