Some of us are already preparing: cleaning house, making challah, shopping.
And some of us feel overwhelmed at the idea of Shabbat: special dinner, Hebrew blessings, day of rest, no driving/money/shopping/etc…
If you are feeling overwhelmed, just stop. Let that go.
Make Shabbat the day that you put down burdens, including the burden of a “perfect Shabbat.”
Some suggestions for an imperfect (but blessed!) Shabbat. Choose one, and see how it feels:
- Make this Shabbat a day with “One meal together” in my home, with takeout if cooking is stressful.
- This Shabbat, I will light candles and let that be enough.
- For all or part of Shabbat, electronics OFF in my home.
- From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, “No Nagging” in my home.
- This Shabbat, I will go to synagogue for one service and just take it in. No judgments, no expectations.
- This Shabbat, no shopping or errands. Whatever it is, it can wait.
- This Shabbat, to any worries, say “Let that wait until sundown on Saturday.”
- This Shabbat, tell each family member personally, “I love you.”
No, these are not traditional Shabbat observances. But when we feel overwhelmed by a mitzvah, then it is time to go back to the very basics. Try one or more of these, and see how you feel. Let Shabbat be a day when you lay your burdens down.
May the peace of Shabbat enter our homes and our hearts!
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