The blessings of a well-spent Shabbat

Upon returning home from Kotzk, Reb Leibel Eger was asked by his father, Rabbi Shlomo, what he had learned during his time away. Reb Leibel replied, “I learned three things: a man is a man, and an angel is an angel; if a man wants it enough, he can be higher than an angel; and that God created the Beginning (bereishis), but just the Beginning. Everything else, He, left up to man to complete.

A person can sometimes think, “How can I be expected to improve the world through my effort when God created it just as it is? Why am I responsible for helping the poor and the hungry? If God made it the way it is, there must be a reason to leave it just as it is! If God made it as it is, perhaps I should go along and support the status quo.” The answer to these questions is found in the words of creation themselves.

The Bible does not say, “…what God created and did.” It says, “…what He created “to be done.” The ultimate intention God had and expects from human beings is, “to be done.” We must search for those areas still awaiting our input and improvement, and through our effort, we fulfill the purpose of creation and receive the remuneration and blessings that come with this accomplishment.

Every individual has the ability, through his effort, to improve that which is lacking in this universe, and bring his surroundings to perfection “under the sovereignty of God.”

The first step in improving the world, in its unfinished state is right there in the first few words of the Bible, “Beraishis Bara Elokim”; in the beginning, we must reveal the Godliness that exists in the heavens and the earth.

Whether it is “spiritual” in the heavens, or physical and materialistic on “earth,” revealing the Godliness in everything peels away the element restricting holiness and full blessings. The surface we are forced to live upon, in our existence, is just that — a surface, superficial, and no more than skin-deep. The surface is the lie most people are satisfied to live with!

One sure way of accomplishing this, is by starting the day with our prayers and meditating on how God is involved in everything down to the smallest particle. Otherwise, how would anything operate with such incredible design and precision?

The more one is in tune with the pure spark of Godliness within the universe and the ongoing providence of God over everything, down to the level even deeper than the sub-atomic, deeper than the quantum state, once a person connects with the deep truth that the entire universe is merely a manifestation of God Himself, a person will personally experience the security of benevolent design, and goodness, that is in every aspect of one’s life.

The most significant assistance in being able to succeed in this quest comes by observing the Shabbat; “and (concealment) Elokim ended on the seventh day.”

While the entire week we are forced to work with and together with worldliness (nature), that day of Shabbat is when Elokim, the force of restrictedness and Godly disguise, is withdrawn, and we get a chance to vacation in an oasis of time, in spirituality, peace and tranquility. A day with the Source of creation Himself.

Shabbat, when experienced as dictated by our Holy Torah, affords a person the opportunity to refresh his mind, and recharge his physical, emotional, and psychological batteries together with his family, so that the coming week is even more successful than the last.

Chapter 278   www.aspiritualsoulbook.com

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. A Spiritual Soul Book & Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century. Opened the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach Florida and the first Orthodox Synagogue on Palm Beach Island.
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