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by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin


The Torah states, “When you come to the land which I give you, the land shall rest, a rest for the Almighty” (Leviticus 25:2). Why does the Torah specify that the “rest” is for the Almighty, not for us — both by the Sabbatical Year (Shemitah) and by the Shabbat?

Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz of the Mir Yeshiva cites the noted commentator the Raavad that a fundamental principle behind the commandments is that: “they are to remind us constantly that we have a Creator who is our Ruler” The Almighty gave us this earth, but after using the earth for some time a person can mistakenly think that the earth belongs to him, and he can forget that the Almighty is the real owner. Therefore, the Torah constantly reminds us that the Almighty is the true owner and ruler.

This is also the lesson we learn from the weekly Shabbat. It shows a person that the Almighty is the One who gives the power to work on the other days of the week. This is a weekly reminder that we have a God who created the world, sustains it and relates to each of us on a one to one basis.

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