Friday, July 14, 2006

Yoma 38 - NEW L'kovod Shabbos

The Gemara states that Rabbi Yishmael was once walking along the road and he found one of the descendants of the House of Avtinas. Rabbi Yishmael said to him, “your forefathers sought to increase their honor and wished to decrease the honor of HaShem. Now the honor of HaShem remains in its place and HaShem decreased their honor, because through the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash, there was no longer a need for their knowledge of the proper method of making the Ketores.” It is interesting that Rabbi Yishmael said that HaShem’s honor remains in its place. It is known that Shabbos is referred to as HaShem’s place. It is worth examining our preparations for Shabbos and the manner in which we observe the Shabbos to ensure that we are increasing the honor of HaShem and the Shabbos.

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