Friday, December 08, 2006

Daf Yomi - Rosh Hashanah 4 - Lekavod Shabbos

The Gemara states that Rabbi Yonah compares all the festivals to each other, in that all the festivals atone for the ritual contamination of the Bais HaMikdash and consecrated matter. The Maharal in Chiddushei Aggados to Shabbos 119b writes that unlike the festivals, which are distinct from each other, the Shabbosos of the year are all linked to each other. The reason for this is because Shabbos reflects the idea that HaShem created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Thus, when the good angel sees that one’s candle is lit, his table is set, and his bed is made on Friday night, then the good angel declares that so shall it be every Shabbos, i.e. all the Shabbos of the year should be this way as well.