What I learnt today: In a place steeped in history, the past is much intertwined with the present. Oren, our Israeli host shares: 2 years ago they planned to build a new tram line. In the midst of the transport project, they found a coin from the times of Alexander the Great when digging underground. Before long, they called in a team of experts to conduct greater archeological research and excavation in the area. 2 years on… the line is still under construction.
‘This blessing gives thanks for the Sabbath, a day of rest, and recalls the importance and holiness of resting
In accordance with the Jewish calendar, the Sabbath begins on Friday evening at sunset and ends on Saturday night with the appearance of three stars
All Jewish denominations encourage the following activities on Shabbat:
Spending time with other Jews and socializing with family, friends, and guests at Shabbat meals (hachnasat orchim, “hospitality”). The customs associated with Shabbat are many and varied. First and foremost, it is a day of rest, on which all productive work is forbidden. According to Jewish law, any activity connected with fire is forbidden, and religious Jews do not turn electricity on or off on Shabbat and do not travel. Many other Jews, who define themselves as traditional (and who are moderately religious), also partially avoid traveling, using electricity or performing other types of productive work. Many of them do not answer the telephone on Shabbat.
Shabbat is a time with no television, no rushing to the demands of the telephone or a busy work schedule.
People don’t think about work or other stressful things.
It’s an oasis of calm, a time of stillness in life.
The idea of a day of rest comes from the Bible story of the Creation: God rested from creating the universe on the seventh day of that first week, so Jews rest from work on the Sabbath.’
Street called the United Nations – ‘until we fell out and then we changed it to (some Zion name)’