Rabbi Yechiel Z. Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, has devoted more than 35 years to building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews and broad support for the State of Israel. He is recognized as the world’s leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christians.
Rabbi Eckstein: We've been talking about the Sabbath and today I want to address an area of a misunderstanding about the Jewish observance of the Sabbath. Why don't we work on the Sabbath? How is work defined? Why can't we cook or light a fire? For answers, we turned to G_d's words.
Exodus 35:3 clearly prohibits creative work. For six days we are permitted, even commanded to work and subdue nature. In this capacity we serve as G_d's co-partners in the creation of the world. But on the 7th day, we are commanded to take a break from our own creative work so we can focus on the true creator, G_d.
You see, G_d knows us all too well. He recognized and anticipated that our intelligence and creativity might lead us . . . continue reading (Why We Don't Work On Sabbath by Rabbi Eckstein)