In six days, G-d created the world. On the seventh day, He rested. And just like Him, we too dedicate a day to stop trying to control the world around us and just be there. It is Shabbat, without which the world cannot be.
Shabbat is a non-communicating day of rest that begins Friday at sunset and ends 25 hours later on Saturday evening, with the appearance of three stars.
In today’s society, where so many distractions seem to be pulling us apart, Shabbat provides a “glue” for holding us together. The lack of technology the day prescribes, coupled with a structure of family meals, gatherings and prayers, establishes the perfect environment for disconnecting from life’s many harried distractions and reconnecting with ourselves, our family and the people who are most important to us.
Shabbat is an ancient idea that is also a radical one. We appreciate its relevance in the world now, more than ever before. Shabbat comes as a solution to the strains of the world – it is an ancient solution to a modern problem.