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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2000 20:25:35 -0500 (EST) Subject: 2 Suggestions for Recapturing the essense of Shabbath Aviva Fee (v30n58) asks how to recapture the essence of Shabbath. She complains that all the bar mitzvahs, kiddushes etc do not leave time for introspection. Ah..but the purpose of shabbos is not introspection but rather its purpose is to be a model of the next world where we study torah and do chesed and don't have to worry about material needs. So if we spend our time sharing simchas we have captured the essence of Shabbath. Nevertheless I have two suggestions that might help. I was at a bar mitzvah this past shabbos (what else?). The bar mitzvah boy made a siyyum mishnayoth on Kodoshim at night and another siyyum on makoth Shabbos afternoon. So one way to 'redeem' all the eating is to introduce more Torah into them. A second suggestion is a personal practice of mind at Kiddushim is to talk to people about difficult rashis or laining issues. So the suggestion here is to create a circle of friends that you can introspect with on whatever you like to introspect. Hope this helps Russell Hendel; Phd Asa; Math; Towson; RHendel@Towson.Edu Moderator Rashi is Simple; http://www.shamash.org/rashi/