Friday, February 15, 2013

The World Needs Shabbat

Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald is often heard saying that the world never needed Shabbat more than it needs it today in the 21st century. We all live such a frenetic lifestyle. We get no real rest. With technology the way it is today, people are seemingly working 24/7. We truly need Shabbat.

Shabbat is even becoming fashionable. When touring in New York a few years ago, Madonna announced that she will no longer give concerts on Friday night, and therefore promoted Shabbat to her fans. Last week, the US Postal Service announced that they would be discontinuing Saturday delivery. What will we do without mail on Shabbat? We'll survive. More and more people are overwhelmed with the abundant media in their lives. Rabbi Buchwald believes that it will be to the benefit of all humankind for people to take Shabbat more seriously. He wishes luck to the US Postal Service following their recent announcement.

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