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Shabbat is coming

12/12/08 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

Come the Day of Final Judgment, those imposing severe limitations on my freedom of movement on the national day of rest, will have a lot to account for if they discover that there is no Deity to judge them.

Sure we live in a Jewish State, and observing the Shabbat is part of our make up. Isn't it enough to eat gefilte fish once a week?

In the old country I used to go to Shul on a Friday night. It is not the same experience here.
The choir would sing, now; everyone mumbles at their own speed.
The cantor entertained us with operatic dexterity, here; the entertainment is to see how often he can rock backwards and forwards in 5 seconds. The only sign of dexterity visible is the suppleness of his back.
We used to every now and then have a little chat with your neighbor whom you hadn't seen for a week. Now, everyone stops their mumbling and rocking to look at you and say "Shush". How did they notice my little whispered conversation when they ware so engrossed talking to the Master of the universe?

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