Shabbat in Israel: A True Break

Shabbat has always been a special time for me. There is something very special about gathering together for Friday night services, waking up early and going to Saturday morning prayer. I never really got the full aspect of what Shabbat meant or why turning off electronics was a significant part of Shabbat.  It’s funny how modern technology, which is meant to make life easier, can in fact create the need for a break.  After three weeks of a having break from the internet and phone once a week, I can see why it is important to “take a break” from life.

I had the opportunity to spend three Shabbats in Israel, one of which was at the Kotel. It is amazing to see the multitude of people and services — from those deep in silent prayer to those rejoicing in song and dance. I chose the route of spending time in meditation and prayer at the Wall. It was a wonderful experience, I was literally speechless. As my friend looked over to speak to me, I opened my mouth and no words came out.

Overall I would say the main blessing I took away was that the true meaning of Shabbat is to rest from the crazy lives we have today, spend time with loved ones, G-d, and personal reflection.

About Stephanie Schneider

Bonai Shalom member Stephanie Schneider graduated with Honors from Colorado State University in May, 2011 and is a social justice volunteer for a nine-month program in India and Israel. The program is called Leadership and International Fellowship Experience (LIFE) and is run by B’Tzedek.

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