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What does the Sabbath mean to you?

The Sabbath is the state of the end of correction of the ego, the peak of our development where everything functions in an ideal manner, solely in a direction of bestowal, giving, fulfilling and loving others.

The prohibitions on the Sabbath discuss actions that we were allowed to do before the end of the ego’s correction, when it was still not entirely in order to bestow. We were once in a system called “the soul of Adam HaRishon,” where we were all tightly connected with threads of bestowal and love as one. The system shattered via an action called “the sin of the Tree of Knowledge.” It was an action where we started wishing to receive egoistically for our personal benefit alone. The connections inside that system and between its parts shattered, and everything that has taken place since that time is for us to reconnect the parts of that system to a state that they were in before the shattering.

There is a confusion between the parts because they fell and mixed with one another, and we have to scrutinize each and every desire of ours, which is an outcome of that shattering: What is it related to? Is it in favor of or against connection? What kind of connection is there between these desires? What kind of constellation should they be? This is our work over a period of what we call “6,000 years.”

The Sabbath is called “the day of the end of correction” where all desires interconnect in an ideal connection. It is a perfect restoration of the soul of Adam HaRishon to its corrected form that it was in before the shattering.

The prohibitions on the Sabbath stem from that in which the Sabbath is a completely corrected state, and in a perfect state there is no room for additional work because everything is already corrected. Adding in such a state could only bring ruin, which is why there are prohibitions to conduct all kinds of works on the Sabbath, whether small or great.

Based on the video “What Is the Sabbath?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

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