More than a thousand people in 550 cities in 65 countries celebrated Shabbat (24 Oct. 2015) as part of The Shabbat Project – a grassroots international movement that aims to unite Jews from across the globe in keeping one full Shabbat when they tune out, turn off and unplug. The project’s website provides a map of how to celebrate Shabbat according to Jewish tradition. After a great Shabbat experience, what's next?
The photograph on the book’s cover shows my wife Miriam pressing cloves into an etrog (citron) that is held together with a palm fond and sprigs of myrtle and willow on Passover. She is recycling a holiday mitzvah for use as the pleasant fragrance for the havdalah ceremony marking the end of Shabbat. It is said that we gain an additional neshama (soul) on Shabbat. As the stars dot the sky bringing Shabbat to a close, the sudden exit of this extra neshama can make one faint. Smelling the etrog with cloves extends the sweetness of Shabbat by making the neshama leave our bodies slowly.
A MAP FOR MAKING EVERYDAY LIFE SPIRITUAL