Saturday, November 19, 2016

Then ADONAI appeared to him at Mamre`s large trees while he was sitting in the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day.  When he lifted up his eyes to see, suddenly, three men were standing right by him.  When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed down to the ground.  Then he said, "My Lord, if now I have found favor in your eyes, please do not pass by your servant.  Please let a little water be brought so you can wash your feet, and make yourselves comfortable under the tree.  And let me bring a bit of bread so that you can refresh yourselves---then you can pass on---since you have passed by your servant.

--Genesis 18:1~5 TLV

As we leave one week and approach the next parsha, I am just lingering a little over the the scripture above, where God appears to Abraham.  It is the first and `title lines` of the parsha we just finished, Vayera.   Vayera means `and He appeared.`

Exiting the fourth Shabbat, it`s like once again going out from the `tents` of the special and holy time of Shabbat and back into the week.

Shabbat is about that separation that God makes, when he made the seventh day as holy.*

*When we leave each Shabbat after sundown of Saturdays, there is a special Havdalah ceremony for the end of the Shabbat, when it becomes dark, to mark the distinction between the departing sacred day and the ordinary weekday. This is a blessing called the Hamavdil, the blessing over the separation of different things: 

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe,
Who separates the holy from the profane, 
light from darkness, Israel from the nations,
the seventh day from the six days of labor.  
Blessed are You, Lord our God,
Who separates the holy from the profane.

Shavua Tov!♡
Have a beautiful week!

The next Parsha is Chayei Sarah,  life of Sarah.
The readings are:  Genesis 23:1 ~ 25:18, 1Kings1: 1~31, Matthew 1:1~17

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