A Walk in the Sun
Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 19, 2006
The Table –
By: Shoshannah Brombacher & Yitzchak Buxbaum
“The Baal Shem Tov once spent Shabbat in the town of Kolomaya, and on the night of Shabbat, he sensed the presence in the town of a holy soul radiating great light. So he went out for a stroll to find that light. When he passed by a certain home, he saw the light radiating from it; he also heard, within, the sounds of singing and dancing. Seeing that the door was slightly ajar, he went in and saw Rabbi Yaakov Koppel dancing in ecstasy before his Shabbat table, which was laden with good food. Rabbi Yaakov Koppel sang and danced for a long time until he finally stopped and noticed the Baal Shem Tov. He welcomed his guest warmly, and the Besht asked him, “Why do you sing and dance this way before eating?” Rabbi Yaakov Koppel answered, “Before I partake of the physical food, I first stand in front of the table and absorb the food’s spiritual essence. Sometimes I become so aroused that I sing and dance.” What is the food’s “spiritual essence”? It is its divine aspect. A Jewish mystic meditates on how the food has been created and is being kept in existence (like all created things) every minute by G-d’s will. And a person’s profound realization that G-d has created this food to nourish and provide for him leads him to mystic joy.” (© Chabad.org, – republished in accordance with their copyright policy.)
Shabbat Shalom!Shabbat is a bubble in time, where the Sacred meets the Mundane andboth are even more Sanctified. I like Shabbat – it has been said about Sahbbat that it embodies the very moment of Creation when G-d ceased creating – He Paused – He didn’t stop creating, because humans are still being formed, animals are still being born and Nature is still producing Nature, but He Paused – He looked at what He had made so far and then through Pausing He completed the act of Creation. Shabbat is a Room in Time where we can Pause too, and so mimick the Creator. By Pausing in our weekly endeavors we complete what we are doing – and we sanctify the Creative Force both within ourselves and without ourselves, as well as the Creator Himself.It is interesting that we Humans Sanctify our world by Pausing, but Nature Sanctifies it in and of itself. Creation is in itself a Sanctification, and it is inviting us to join it on Shabbat for a stroll in the sun.
Or a dance in the rain – it really doesn’t matter as long as we are thoroughly soaked.