- It renews your body and mind from a long week: There is nothing like letting go the stresses of a long week on a Friday evening. When me and my family first started observing the Sabbath, it felt like a choir. But after allowing myself to get use to it and learn about why it was instructed in the first place, we cannot wait until the Sabbath rolls around every week. Our body and brain definitely needs rest, and the Shabbat is the perfect time to get it. Many of us don’t get the desired 8 hours of sleep we have been told we need, but those late mornings on Saturday can really make up for those lost hours of sleep. Since you don’t have those weekday stresses of work and grocery shopping ( If your job allows you to be off, if not, pray about it), your mind won’t be so bogged down during the day. You should literally stop thinking about anything related to the “world” , and allow time for Yah and family. After a day of rest, relaxation, and study, your body and soul will be thanking you on Sunday.
- It promotes family time: Work and life’s duties require us to spend many hours away from the home. Sometimes, we don’t get the adequate time to spend with our spouses, friends, and children. The Shabbat allows us to slow down and capture those moments with our loved ones. From personal experience, a family that studies together connects so much deeper on all levels. Since Torah relates to everything in our lives, family study and fellowship can help learn about each other. It takes away all the superficial matters, and it allows us focus on what is important. From preparing dinner, to studying, or just hanging out in the backyard, we will cherish these moments and strengthen the bond of the family.
- A perfect time to study: I cannot repeat this enough, we simply do not have enough hours in a day. Although it is most beneficial to read your bible everyday, we sometimes may have a busy day, or we we cannot read as much as we like. The Sabbath allows you to make up for that lost reading time. Now, you can read as as much you like , or even dive deeper into a section that caught your attention. When my family was like 4 months into observance of the Shabbat, we felt like we could be learning more. We decided to each take a topic to study, and present it each Sabbath. This has allowed us to learn so much more than we could ever imagine. We all must study our bible, so why not crack it open after feeling refreshed from the long Shabbat slumber.
- You will save money: Did you know the most money is spent on Friday and Saturday. As you know, we are not allowed to spend money on the Shabbat. I don’t know about you, but, I would love the idea of not being allowed to spend money. In the long run, this will really help us save money through the year. Saturday shopping will have you buying things just because you are out, or it was a good deal. Long story short, we make a lot of meaningless purchases. Many of us want to save money, whether for family vacations, and home necessities, so this definitely help you build toward those goals.
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