Friday, January 13, 2012

The love of Shabbos Kodesh

Shabbos Kodesh is the greatest outpouring of love into the universe; one of the reasons we do not bring a sin offering on Shabbos is because when there is true love, all sins are forgiven (this does not preclude the necessity for the sinner to confess and repent, of course, but that is beyond the scope of this post).

The B'nei Yissaschar finds an allusion to this all encompassing love in a wonderful gematria: the numerical value of Shabbos (702) is equal to that of the phrase "Ahavah b'chol lev, ahava b'chol nefesh, ahava b'chol meod." (Love with all [one's] heart, love with all [one's] soul, love with all [one's] being/capacity)


On Shabbos we can return our focus to the relationships that matter most to us - with our spouses, children, family, God...and with ourselves.


Anonymous said...

Dvar bito mah tov! Today is the yutzheit of the B"Y VY"A

Shmuel said...

Wow, I didn't even realize...

What a z'chus!