Gut Shabbes! (Behar-Bechukotai)

I was reading the Tanya this morning when I came across the following paragraph. The analogy used here is so beautiful and inspiring that I felt I just had to share it. On the topic of the Shechinah, we read, ”This light of the Divine Presence, continues the Zohar, resembles the light of a lamp, where oil and wick are needed for the flame to keep burning. A Jew should therefore be aware, says the Zohar, of the Shechinah above him and keep it supplied with “oil” (good deeds), in order to ensure that the “flame” of the Shechinah keeps its hold on the “wick” (the physical body).”

Our very being revolves around the good deeds we do. They are fuel to the fire of our life. I often think of the video ‘Just One Shabbos’, showing different people- but no women or girls, unfortunately- doing good deeds and inviting others for Shabbes. And I think- why restrict that chesed to just one Shabbes? Why don’t we transfer it to the other Shabbeses we experience? And so, this week, I want to take the message from the Tanya, and bring it into my Shabbes experience. Good deeds aren’t for just one day. They provide the backbone of a Jewish life.

In London, Shabbes candles should be lit at 8:34 PM, and Shabbes ends tomorrow at 9:59 PM. When lighting your candles, please keep in mind Chaim Elozor ben Baila, Moshe ben Genya, Moshe ben Hadasa and Chashachana bas Bryna for a refuah shleimah. Thank you and Gut Shabbes!

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