February 1st, 2012

Guidelines for Developing A Shabbat Practice

Guidelines for Developing A Shabbat Practice
by Rabbi Burt Jacobson

"There is a word that is seldom said, a word for an emotion almost too deep to be expressed: the love of the Sabbath. The word is rarely found in our literature, yet for more than two thousand years the emotion filled our songs and moods. It was as if a whole people were in love with the seventh day. Much of its spirit can be understood as an example of love carried to the extreme.
~Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

Shabbat is the most ancient and central contemplative practice of Judaism. It was so important to the writers who composed the first creation story in Genesis, that they pictured God’s resting on the seventh day as a model for human spiritual practice....."

Kehilla Community Synagogue - Guidelines for Developing A Shabbat Practice

I liked some of the ideas and practices suggested behind this link.
I should fill every day with Sabbath consciousness.

Baba Kuhi of Shiraz: In the market, in the cloister--only God I saw

In the market, in the cloister--only God I saw.
In the valley and on the mountain--only God I saw.
Him I have seen beside me oft in tribulation;
In favour and in fortune--only God I saw.
In prayer and fasting, in praise and contemplation,
In the religion of the Prophet--only God I saw.
Neither soul nor body, accident nor substance,
Qualities nor causes--only God I saw.
I oped mine eyes and by the light of His face around me
In all the eye discovered--only God I saw.
Like a candle I was melting in His fire:
Amidst the flames outflashing--only God I saw.
Myself with mine own eyes I saw most clearly,
But when I looked with God's eyes--only God I saw.
I passed away into nothingness, I vanished,
And lo, I was the All-living--only God I saw.

Baba Kuhi of Shiraz: In the market, in the cloister--only God I saw