Archive for the ‘Sabbath’ Category

To Eat or Not To Eat, That Is The Question (כ״ה באב ה׳תשע״א (August 25, 2011))

Romans chapter 14 is often quoted as proof that Paul (Rabbi Sha’ul of Tarsus) taught and believed that the dietary laws and holy days of the Torah (especially Shabbat) have been done away with. This is very easy to do when we read those verses from a 21st century western Christian paradigm as if they […]

Times of Refreshing (כ״ב בשבט ה׳תש״ע (February 6, 2010))

In Exodus 31:17, when Moses is recounting the creation story to Israel, we read “…and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed”. The phase “and was refreshed” is vayinnafash (vav-yod-nun-nun-fey-shin). Nafash (to catch ones’ breath, to breathe, to rest) is from the same root as nefesh (living soul), which we find in the […]