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The Meaning of Shabbat

Did you know that the very concept of a Sabbath, of a day of rest, is unique to the Bible?  The Sabbath was first given to the Jewish people and first practiced by them – no other faith or culture before Judaism had a day of rest.  Later on, Christianity adopted the Jewish Bible and incorporated the Sabbath into its faith. But the Jewish and Christian Sabbaths are different in many ways.  And even among Christians, the Sabbath is valued and celebrated differently from one church or denomination to another.

Sondra Oster Baras, an Orthodox Jew who has devoted her life to reaching out to Christians all over the world to bless Israel, explains the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) so that Christians can gain a better understanding of how Jews revere and observe this holy day. Sondra is joined by Kimberly Troup, Christian Zionist director of CFOIC Heartland’s US office, who shares her experiences in Israel encountering the Shabbat for the first time.  And Tommy Waller, also a Christian Zionist, explains how he adjusted his own Christian observance of the Sabbath after coming to know the Jewish customs.  Watch this video and pass it on to your friends!

If there is a topic you would like to see Sondra and Tommy discuss in a future episode, please let us know. Send us your thoughts and questions at ASK@HAYOVEL.COM.

Shabbat is the focus of the family, bringing the family together once a week in quality relationships and spiritual oneness. The Sabbath as well as all of the Jewish holidays are critical to family solidarity and closeness. But it is difficult for families to celebrate these quiet times of closeness and solidarity when they are burdened with financial distress. You can help ease their burden and provide families in need with vital assistance to buy food and other critical needs.  You can bring a smile to the faces of so many and enable them to enjoy the spirit of the Sabbath, the spirit of togetherness and godliness, each week, and every holiday.