Shabbat shalom

Image - Friday Evening by Isidor Kaufman

“The reason why the people extend the observance of the Sabbath to a part of Saturday night is to thank and to show that they do not like to see the departure of the holy guest, that her parting evokes a deep feeling of regret. This is why they detain her, and in their great affection accompany her with song and praise … as it is said in a Midrash: This may be compared to a bride and queen who is escorted with song and praise.”
R. Meir Ibn Gabbai, Tola’at Jacob, Warsaw, 1876, 49, quoted in Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), 61.


About HAT

Heather Thiessen (HAT) is a happily married 60-ish, Bible-reading, Presbyterian Church Sunday School teaching and choir singing, small fuel efficient car driving, still pretty much 2nd wave feminist and generally out lesbian Hoosier mom. (There are no monochrome states.) From time to time she teaches religious studies to students at a small liberal arts college in Louisville, Kentucky.
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