Sharing the Joy of the Sabbath

What’s better than a holiday that comes every week? Shabbat is different from all other days of the week. The Torah teaches that “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy” (Genesis 2:3).

Nothing else from the Creation story is described as kadosh, a Hebrew word meaning holy, sanctified or separate. Abraham Joshua Heschel describes Shabbat as an “island in time”, and many Jews around the world spend Shabbat with friends and family, making time to pause from everyday work and activities to differentiate it from the rest of the week.