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Shabbat (the biblical sabbath) is a weekly day of rest, or time of worship. Though many viewpoints and definitions have arisen over the millennia, most originate in the same textual tradition of “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”.
In the bible, Shabbat is first mentioned in the Genesis creation narrative. The seventh day is set aside as a day of rest and made holy by God (Gen. 2:2-3). Observation and remembrance of Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments, and sometimes referred to individually as the Sabbath Commandment.
Most people who observe Shabbat regard it as having been instituted as a perpetual covenant for the people of Israel (Ex. 31:13-17, Ex. 23:12 | Deut. 5:13-14). It’s a rule that also applies to proselytes, and a sign respecting two events:
- The day during which God rested after having completed Creation in six days (Gen. 2:2-3 | Ex. 20:8-11), and
- God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt (Deut. 5:12-15).
We invite you to come join us at Ruach Ha Emet | The Spirit of Truth synagogue in Peterborough, Ontario each week for worship and fellowship. Guests are encouraged and welcomed, and we always partake in a fellowship meal afterward (pot luck style).
Bible-based activities daycare for the kids (10 and under) run at the same time, hosted by Moses’ Munchkins founder Milena Weinberg.