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Describe how and explain why Jews celebrate the Sabbath.

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Shabbat 1. Describe how and explain why Jews celebrate the Sabbath The word Shabbat means 'to rest' or to 'refrain from any creative activity'. We learn in Genesis 2:1-3 that G-d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. By keeping the seventh day of the week free from any creative activity we are imitating G-d - imitatio Dei. What is meant when it is said that to celebrate Shabbat we must refrain from any creative activity is that we must refrain from doing any of the 39 melachot that were done when building the Mishkan. The Mishkan is seen as a mini-world and so like G-d 'rested' after six days of Creation, we too must refrain from any of the creative activity that was done when building the Mishkan. ...read more.


On the Shabbat afternoon people either rest at home talking to their family or going for walks with friends and having time to spend relaxing from the normal stresses that the weekdays can bring. This is important because for Jews spending time with family is an important part of Jewish life. Shabbat has also sometimes been called 'an island in time' because it is part of the week where time seems to stop so that there is time made especially for just relaxing and spending time thinking and with your family. 2. Explain how celebration Havdalah might affect the life of a Jew. Havdalah means 'separation'. This might affect the life of a Jew because it is separating the normal working weekdays with the Shabbat, the day of rest. ...read more.


If they were separate then there would be no chance of that happening. Another reason for Jews to separate themselves from other people is that some people think that they should not mix with non-Jews. By separating themselves there is no way that that can happen. Others, however, think the opposite. They think that as long as the laws are kept then there is no reason why Jews should separate themselves from other people. They also think that it is not right to separate ourselves from other people because it is good to learn about other people and not to separate ourselves. I think that it is wrong to completely separate ourselves from other people because I agree that as long as we keep the commandmants and laws then there is no reason to be separated. Georgina Diamond ...read more.

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