Every Friday slightly before sundown, I light five candles. One for me, one for my husband and one for each of my children. I cover my eyes and say a blessing, and with that action, usher in 25 hours of rejuvenation, connection and rest. It’s like a spiritual spa every week. And boy, do I need it. I mean, life is so hectic. It is non-stop action over here, and I know I’m not the only person who experiences this. Right? Right.
So I’m super glad when I get to say TGIS (Thank G-d it’s Shabbos) and have a little oasis in time where I don’t feel compelled to check my email, see why my phone is making noises at me, or pack in the kids into the car to run errands. The kids enjoy having challah and grape juice, and a special Shabbos cereal (we’ve been rocking the fruity Cheerios lately). I get to see my husband when he actually has some energy, not just after a long, hard day at work. It is great.
There are so many wonderful facets of Shabbos that it may be hard to pinpoint the highlights, but that’s just what I’ve done over at Partners in Torah, where I give my top five reasons to Keep Shabbos. Is it the food? The downtime? The quality time with family? The guests? I’d really appreciate it if you would head over there and show some support by liking the post and also leaving some comments about your favorite part of Shabbos. Even if you don’t keep Shabbos, you could give a theoretical reason, that’s totally fine by me. See you over there!