Lamentations 2:6
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6  He has stripped His Booth like a garden, He has destroyed His Mishkan; Hashem has ended in Tzion Festival and Shabbat; In His raging anger He has spurned King and Kohen.

va-yakh-MOS ka-GAN su-KO shi-KHAYT mo-a-DO shi-KACH a-do-NAI b’-tzi-YON mo-AYD v’-sha-BAT va-yin-ATZ b’-ZA-am a-PO ME-lekh v’-kho-HAYN

ו  וַיַּחְמֹס כַּגַּן שֻׂכּוֹ שִׁחֵת מוֹעֲדוֹ שִׁכַּח יְהֹוָה בְּצִיּוֹן מוֹעֵד וְשַׁבָּת וַיִּנְאַץ בְּזַעַם־אַפּוֹ מֶלֶךְ וְכֹהֵן׃

 2:6   Hashem has ended in Tzion festival and Shabbat

Achad Ha’am (1856-1927)

The destruction of the Beit Hamikdash led to a drastic reduction of holiness in the world. This verse emphasizes the tragedy inherent in the elimination of the observance of Shabbat in the Beit Hamikdash due to the destruction. The famous Jewish author Achad Ha’am once remarked: “More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” Indeed, in many ways, the tranquility and spiritual rejuvenation which Shabbat offers have proven invaluable to the Jew’s ability to persevere in the face of so much oppression. Many of the Jewish people’s worst enemies were aware of the power of the Shabbat, and thus sought to eradicate it from Jewish life. For example, Antiochus Epiphanes, the villain of the Hanukkah story, prohibited Shabbat observance, as did many subsequent oppressors. Despite the myriad attempts to erase the Sabbath from Jewish consciousness, it has remained a central and defining feature of Jewish life until this very day.

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  • I was many years finding out who I was. I was living in the world and very dissatisfied I had an emptiness till the Lord came into my life. He is my Shabbat my blessed rest and I am His.

  • I agree with the words of Ahad Ha'am… there are certain things of most cultures that when lost the people can 'lose their way' Like a language, it ties one to a place to a people. The land is another, when people lose their ancestral homes and lands they can wander aimlessly having no place that is theirs. So yes, the Sabbath has kept Israel in the same way. There is a strength that comes from knowing who you are, where you come from and live, what your heritage is and what language you speak, and what culture is yours. We have our sense of identity from all these things, but perhaps what defines us most is the way we Honour G-d and keep the Sabbath.


Lamentations 2:6

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