So, it's been two days and you're probably all thinking that I had fallen off the edge of the earth...or finally stopped writing long enough to take care of the laundry. It was a little of both, really.
|Everyone likes to help...|
When the young nation of Israel wandered the desert, they were given a portion of manna each day. Just enough for that one day. The only exception to this was Friday. Since on Shabbat, no malacha (certain types of creative work; different from avoda which is the kind of work you do to make a living) could be done, a double portion of manna would fall on Friday and Moshe Rabeinu (Moses, our teacher) told us to do all of our cooking ahead of time (Exodus 16:23). So in honor of Shabbat, we have a double portion of food, but the day before we get a double portion of work. Still worth it, I think.
|...with preparing for Shabbat|
Shabbat sort of is like falling off the edge of the earth. Completely unplugged and detached from the daily business of life. For a workaholic like me, it can be hard sometimes to let go and let G-d run the world for an entire day without my help.