Sunday, November 19, 2006

DONTCHA JUST LOVE SHABBAT?

No matter whether you're religious or not, dontcha just love Shabbat?

Even though we are not shomer shabbes...we watch tv, talk on the phone, and turn on our computers...shabbat is still something special in our place.

I love the way my house smells when all the food is cooking and the final rush to get everything done before lighting candles.

There's a hush that comes over Jerusalem on the weekend that fills your heart. It's different. Stores are closed, the busses don't run, businesses shut down and it's quiet. Men come home with flowers for their wives. Fresh challot are on the tables.

And food you don't cook during the week is prepared for Shabbat. In my house we have roast chicken, roasted vegetables, either a Middle Eastern meal such as gondi or moussaka, or a roast beef or cholent, rice, salad and fresh fruit.

I love taking a nap on Friday afternoon.

And then there's Saturday. Quiet. No one's in a hurry. No job to run to, business to attend to...just quiet.

My husband loves to go visit his brothers on Shabbat. I love to stay home and read.

And everyone goes to lie down after lunch.

How wonderful.

Then Sunday pops up and it's back to business, as usual.

Since we don't have a two day weekend in Israel, I guess we have to appreciate our Shabbat even more...our seventh day of rest.

See, God knew what He was doing.

Shavuah tov.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.

15 Comments:

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous John said...

The quiet of a Jerusalem Shabbat will always be one of the biggest things that I miss about Israel and desperately want to come back to.

You can be anywhere in the world. You can faithfully try to recreate the atmosphere. But, it will never be Jerusalem. On Shabbat.

And, I'm as Shomer Shabbat as YOU are!

 
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At 3:44 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

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At 3:46 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hiiiiiiii john...i KNEW you were jewish!!! come back soon my friend...but till you do we'll keep the home fires burning...shavuah tov

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom anonymous...welcome to my blog...you are my first astrologer and i'm happy to meet you...will go to your blog also...stay safe

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger Val said...

We don't quite come to a screeching halt for Shabbat, but we do cherish our Friday nights at home appreciating the week that is over and all that we have and have to give. Over the past month, we stopped going online during Shabbat and this has made Shabbat 'different' from the rest of the week (a little cut off from the world and some conveniences, but it's a good difference!)

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks val...all it takes is one little thing and the whole shabbat business becomes so special...good for you...and welcome to your parents...i loved the picture in trepp's blog...they look like really nice mentchen

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger Val said...

marallyn, I had no idea how not doing something would make it that special, but it did!
Thanks about my parents... they are delighted to be over there enjoying the grandkids and my brother and his wife. All good! :)

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger Val said...

marallyn, I had no idea how not doing something would make it that special, but it did!
Thanks about my parents... they are delighted to be over there enjoying the grandkids and my brother and his wife. All good! :)

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger Val said...

marallyn, I had no idea how not doing something would make it that special, but it did!
Thanks about my parents... they are delighted to be over there enjoying the grandkids and my brother and his wife. All good! :)

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

amen val...amen...tfu tfu tfu...

 
At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like i'm gonna hafta rebook my trip. :)

Was at my Mom's cuz she has satalite TV.

My stomach dropped when the channel landed on scenes from Jerusalem.

What an amazing place. Can't wait to land on Israeli soil.

I may even get there before John. ;) shhhhhhhhh don't tell...

love your blog

shira

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger mamamitzvah said...

BS"D
Dear Friends,
I had the honor of spending timne in Gush Katif before the terror attacks took place. The brave people who lived there had decided if they were going to leave it wasn't going to be quietly. The illegal army who shamed Israel literally came in to see burnt buildings and useless growing fields. Nothing was left to help the terrorists appease those who do not belong there. However, the time in Gush Katif changed my life. I left and returned to the small town where my daughter, son in law and brand new grandson now live. I had started realizing that I could not live the same anymore the moment I reached the ground from the plane. That same feeling I had almost 40 years ago was back, but this time it could not be placed 'on hold'. When I left Gush Katif, I knew my life had changed, but did not realize how much until I looked into the eyes of my newest grandchild. Now, IY"H,in about a month, I am boarding a plane once more but this time it is to make Aliyah. Now, that is not such a big deal. 2 of our daughters and my sons in law & and now, new grandchildren are the real heroes. They took it upon themselves to leave Chutz La'Aretz before anyone else.We are a close family and one of us is missing, it is as though a limb was absent. We are so proud of our daughters for doing that which they knew was right. They did not wait..they ran to do a mitzvah. We should all learn from our children. 2 of our beautiful daughters have given up a life of comfort & ease to settle in Eretz Yisroe-l with our sons in law who are learning in Yeshiva. They are the 'other Army' protecting Israel. We have been blessed and the fruition of that blessing will be seen tomorrow, IY"H, when Moshiach comes. We must Thank Ha Sh-m for our blessings and always see the miracles before us in life. We must rethink our priorities and there is not much time to do so. To remain awash amongst the assimilationists is nothing more then suicide. We have one choice, come to Israel with Bitochon or die. I mean that literally. We can wait, and see a future that makes the Holocaust seem small, Chas V Shalom. We will perish physically and spiritually. Of that there is no question. The only way we will stop that is by regaining the majority in our own land and growing in Israel. We must work to make the State of Israel into Eretz Yisroel. We cannot do that from outside. So, we can sit and watch the extermination of our people...on wide screen, high def TV...or we can do something positive, the way our heroic children did, by going to our own land.
May Ha Sh-m Bless us and keep us and when we daaven for the Geula, may we be ready and prepared for it from within.
With live and prayer for peace, real peace, not ceasefires or assuaging the rest of the world by givin land to people to whom it does not belong.
And I thank my children and all the other children of others who have seen what must be done and have done it. I hope I can be 1/100th of the example you have set.
Mamamitzvah@gmail.com
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At 9:09 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks mamamitzvah...welcome to israel...shabbat shalom

 

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