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But for what?

Perhaps for the coming of the Messiah. As explained in Shemot Rabbah 25:12 and Yerushalmi Taanit 1:10: “The Scion of David will come if the Jews all keep one Shabbat because the Sabbath is equivalent to all the mitzvot.”

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Not a bad thought to keep in mind as we prepare for Shabbat this week – and every week.

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Saul Jay Singer serves as senior legal ethics counsel with the District of Columbia Bar and is a collector of extraordinary original Judaica documents and letters. He welcomes comments at saul.singer@verizon.net.