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    This is strictly an impersonal thread for Divrei Torah on kedushas shabbos and shabbos in general. From

    The Pasuk says (Bereishis 2:2) “Vayishbos BaYom HaShvi’i”, Hashem rested from His work on the seventh day because everything was complete. There was absolutely nothing left to do. Rav Eliyahu Dessler writes in the Michtav MeiEliyahu that we also must celebrate Shabbos this way. Like the pasuk says (Yisro 20:9)”V’Asisa Kol Milachtecha”, during the six work days you will do all your work. Rashi brings the Mechilta that say that our attitude on Shabbos must be that we have completed all our work and there is nothing left to do.

    How can this be asks Rav Dessler? What if we are in middle of a big business transaction that we know we will need to complete next week? He explains that next to the great Kedushas HaShabbos, any worldly matters are completely overshadowed. The whole week is just preparation for Shabbos. We have no reason to think about next weeks transaction we have already arrived.

    Maybe we can offer as a Mashal the following old story. There were two people sitting on a fishing boat. A well groomed executive and a simple villager. While they were fishing, they started talking. The villager says to the unrelaxed executive, “You seem a little fidgety. Where are you from and what do you do.” The executive tells him that he from the city and he runs a huge conglomerate which keeps him busy 24 hours a day, but now he came for a little relaxation to get away from the stress. “Why do you work so hard? What is the point?” asks the villager. The executive answers that although he is not crazy about his job or his schedule, he wants to make enough money to retire comfortably and spend more time fishing. The executive then asks the villager, “So what do you do”. “Oh me” says the villager, “I’ve been fishing for the past 25 years without any worries”.

    Our whole week is only preparation for Shabbos. It is like preparing for a Chasuna, says Rav Dessler, and Shabbos is the Kallah. We work, eat, sleep, and better ourselves all week just to get ourselves ready for the next Shabbos. Even if you are in middle of a huge deal, who cares. Shabbos is here now. It is the be all and end all. It is the point of it all. If you can’t get away from the mundane world on Shabbos, what is the point of all your dealings during the week?


    Shabbos Is A Make Or Break Proposition

    In the gemara in Shabbos (118) many amora’im share with us the wonderful benefits of keeping Shabbos properly. You will be saved from Gehinom, Gog UMagog, and Chevlei Moshiach. You will receive a nachala without boundaries. All your aveiros will be forgiven. All your wishes will be granted. You will be spared from the pains of Galus. All your aveiros will be forgiven. Moshiach will come. And more and more.

    However the reverse is true if we are Michalel Shabbos. The Heichal HaShabbos brings a scary Remez from Rav Meir Leib Frey, a Rov in prewar Czechoslovakia, who died in the gas chambers with his Kehila refusing to leave the cattle car with a nazi officer bribed by his activist son. When we make a Siyum on Masechtes Shabbos we say, “Hadran Alecha Mi Shehichshich U’Slika La Masechtes Shabbos”. This literally means, we will return to you Perek Mi Shehichshich (the last Perek of Shabbos) and we are finished with Masechtes Shabbos.

    Not keeping Shabbos is the cause of great darkness and tzorus that come to the world. These are the tzorus that haunt us and keep coming back again in every generation. “Hadran Alecha Mi Shehichshich”, the darkness will return to us. “USLika La Masechtes Shabbos” when you leave you Oh Shabbos!

    May we all strengthen our Shmiras Shabbos and be zocheh to the Geula Sheleima!

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