Shabbes at Sanctuary
is the East European way of saying the Sabbath. In modern Hebrew
it's Shabbat. Based
upon biblical teachings the seventh day was set aside as a day of
rest from labor and as a sign of the covenant between the people
and the Creator. The Sabbath has played a special place in the life
of the Jewish people and other faith traditions. The root letters
"shevet," mean "being still," and "shuv,"
or "return" to the Source of Being. Shabbes is a taste
of the Garden of Eden.
the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:
The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six
days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath
we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we
are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the
results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation
to the creation of the world.
invites you to Open Shabbes at Sanctuary. Open Shabbes begins
on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM with a light breakfast. At 10 AM we continue
with gentle Yoga and Hebrew letter meditation, followed by devotional
singing and chanting and a taste of Torah wisdom. At 12:30 PM everyone
is invited to a pot luck vegetarian/dairy Kiddush lunch (nothing that needs to be warmed or cooked, please). On Open Shabbes
days all are welcome to hike, shmooze, learn and play the rest of the
day! Please see the Am Kolel web site for Open Shabbes days at www.am-kolel.org.
those who would like to come Friday afternoon and stay for Shabbat
dinner and sleep over, we ask that you contact Gilah Rosner,
our retreat manager, to make arrangements. (See also Accommodations in this web site.)