When most people think of holidays, they think of annual celebrations, but in Judaism there is one holiday that occurs every week – the Sabbath. Known in Hebrew as Shabbat and in Yiddish as Shabbos, this holiday is central to Jewish Life. This is the one time in a busy week when one can truly take rest away from other demands and spend time in the company of like minded friends and a chance to delve into the meaning and importance of Judaism in one’s life.
As the great Jewish writer, Adad Ha-Am has observed: “More than the Jewish people has kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept the Jewish people.”
The Shabbat truly has been a unifying force for Jews all over the world.