Shabbat: An Opportunity For Introspection

Too often we view the need to “unplug” for Shabbat from our work and so on and so forth as a burden. For those of us that have employers, it becomes an uncomfortable situation – asking to leave early on Fridays during the seasons where shabbat comes in early. But how many of us truly step back and take the opportunity to appreciate this wonderful gift that God gave us, in the form of Shabbat?

Instead of casting judgement on any of my fellow Jews, I’ll speak for myself; Nadia Kiderman. It’s typically challenging to appreciate Shabbat when viewed from a basic perspective. The lost wages or as a business owner, the lost revenue – and as a dentist, there comes the extra burden of having patients that you certainly know they could go to a different dentist that doesn’t come with the same “baggage.”

But in the end of the day, Shabbat is a gift from God. And it’s so pivotal that we view it in such terms. It’s a day of rest that lends us the opportunity to unplug from technology and appreciate the beauty of the natural. Spend time with family. And most importantly, get a break from the rest of the week! We have to cherish such moments – for they are indeed precious – and we are so fortunate to have such a day of rest that God affords us. But at Nadia Kiderman DDS, not only is Shabbat not viewed as burden, but my staff and I view it as an opportunity – a gift. Irrespective of our faiths, taking a day off from the week to focus on what truly matters – it allows for an opportunity to reflect on our lives. On what we are doing correctly; but more importantly – what we need to work on fixing. Let’s all come to appreciate Shabbat this coming week!

About the Author
Dr. Nadia Kiderman is a dedicated community activist involved in pro-Israel causes.
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