A Sabbath Meditation

If you are Jewish or Messianic, I do hope you have your table set with the finest white cloth and that you are prepared to sanctify this seventh day as holy.

Here is a brief Sabbath meditation taken from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (I have a nice little book called 7th Heaven: Shabbat With Rebbe Nachman).

Rebbe Nachman wrote about the prayers for Friday night. One of them is the Shabbat Psalm (Psalm 92 and 93 together). The Rebbe does what I wish more of us would do: He sees Shabbat as a foretaste of the World to Come. This idea is based on Genesis 2, where God sanctifies the seventh day. The world has not yet celebrated Shabbat with God, but that day is coming:

There is nothing that brings greater sweetness to our souls than thanking and praising God. In the World to Come our expanded awareness and recognition of the Holy One will find expression in our extolling His greatness and proclaiming our appreciation for all His kindnesses. This is the bliss that awaits us in the next world.

Fortunately, we do not have to wait until we leave this world to experience that bliss. We can gain a sense of this intense joy once each week, on Shabbat, for this day is a sampling of the World to Come.

Rebbe Nachman then gets into some kabbalistic material about us receiving an extra soul on Shabbat. That is where we part company.

But if only we saw Shabbat as a sampling of the World to Come, which Genesis points us to . . .

As Psalm 92 says:

A Song for the Sabbath day. It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night.

As Psalm 93 says:

The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.


About Derek Leman

IT guy working in the associations industry. Formerly a congregational rabbi. Dad of 8. Nerd.
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